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Afghanistan: 24 killed in dual bombings; Taliban claim responsibility

Afghan security personnel patrol near burned NATO supply oil tankers following an overnight attack by Taliban militants in the Torkham area, near the Pakistan and Afghan border in the eastern Nangarhar province on September 16, 2014. Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked NATO supply oil tankers in a parking lot wounding at least six truck drivers and torching several trucks, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai said.

Afghan security personnel patrol near burned NATO supply oil tankers following an overnight attack by Taliban militants in the Torkham area, near the Pakistan and Afghan border in the eastern Nangarhar province on September 16, 2014. Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked NATO supply oil tankers in a parking lot wounding at least six truck drivers and torching several trucks, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai said.

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — At least 24 people are dead after two bombs exploded Monday near the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, a hospital official said.

Another 91 people were injured in the blasts, said Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed tweeted that the group carried out the attack.

In recent months, a rash of kidnappings and Taliban bombings have heightened security fears in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

American and other diplomats were barred from traveling the short distance from the city’s international airport to their diplomatic missions by road. Instead, they’ve been ferried by helicopter.

Many countries, including the United States and UK, have had longstanding travel advisories against all but essential travel to Afghanistan because of the security situation.