Drone strike kills Taliban chief's son, 20 others

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At least 30 people died in a burst of violence around Afghanistan on Friday, including 10 mostly civilian victims of a suicide bombing outside a mosque in Kabul's Shiite community and 18 Afghan police and soldiers killed in scattered fighting in northern Takhar province, officials said.

Fazlullah is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said to be responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and USA interests including a failed attempt to detonate an explosive device in New York's Times Square in 2010.

The bomber came as close to the gathering as he could and detonated his explosives at the checkpoint outside, the spokesman said.

But Kabul police chief Mohammad Daud Amin told Tolo News that five people were killed and 22 others wounded.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at an global conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party.

"Suicide attacks are a part of our daily life that we see but can't do anything about", said Hayad, who uses only one name, and is a resident of the Hazara neighbourhood where the explosion took place.

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Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, and Sunni militant groups consider all Shiites heretics and urge followers to kill them.

The spokesperson for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and he feared the death toll could rise further.

The Taliban also ambushed members of the local police who were sent to assist the soldiers, killing 10 policemen and wounding nine, provincial police spokesman Khali Aseir said.

In an Urdu-language statement issued on March 9, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or Pakistani Taliban said Fazlullah's son - referred to as 16-year-old Abdullah - was among the 21 "holy warriors" killed by a suspected drone strike on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The report couldn't be independently confirmed because of the area's remoteness.