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Dozens Of Afghan Police Cadets Killed By Taliban Just After Their Graduation

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Taliban militants in Afghanistan assaulted a convoy of police academy graduates with two suicide bombers Thursday, killing more than 30 and wounding another 50 people.

The attack occurred as the cadets were returning to Kabul, the Afghan capital. The cadets had been engaged in a training mission in Wardak province and were about to go on leave just before they were attacked. A Taliban spokesman claimed that the first bomber attacked a bus in the convoy, a second bomber later attacked the rescuers who were responding to the scene with a vehicle packed with explosives.

The bombing is the most recent example of an uptick in violence that the Taliban have engaged in since their new leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, took power last month. Terrorist organizations across the globe have increased their terrorist attacks since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began June 5.

“While Muslims are busy praying during this holy month of Ramadan, the Taliban keep committing reprehensible crimes by killing innocent people and spreading fear and terror,” said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement.

The Taliban have been engaged in a violent resurgence as of late, with the group now holding more territory than it has since 2001. The group has engaged in a successful terrorist attack nearly every month since the beginning of this year. According to the United Nations, there were more civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2015 than any year previously recorded.

Taliban bombers have frequently been able to attack the Afghan capital in the last year. Ghani has ordered an inquiry into how the Taliban has been able to consistently penetrate the city’s security.

The U.S. has invested in Afghanistan heavily since first intervening in the country in late 2001.

In response to the the increased Taliban threat, President Obama has given U.S. commanders in Afghanistan more leeway in how U.S. forces counter the threat.

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