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People read verses of the Quran in a mosque during Itikaf, the last ten days of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Itikaf is very important for many Muslims due to the belief that the Prophet Muhammad used to exert himself even more in worship, hoping to draw himself closer to God. Itikaf involves total dedication to worship, reading Quran, and supplication.

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Afghan and foreign security personnel stand guard in front of a hospital after gunmen attacked, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital, setting off a gun battle with the police and several people were reported wounded.

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A health worker checks the temperature of car passengers in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter the city in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan special forces stand guard at the site of a suicide bomber attack on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. A suicide bomber targeted a base belonging to Afghan special forces on the southern outskirts of the capital, Kabul.

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A damaged vehicle is removed from the site of a bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul police said a sticky bomb attached to a vehicle detonated in the capital but caused no casualties.

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Muslim men attend prayer despite concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. Millions of Muslims have started the holiest month on the Islamic calendar under the coronavirus lockdown or strict social restrictions, deepening their anxiety over the disease.

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A man prepares allotments of free food donated by the Kabul Chamber of Industries and Mines for distribution to needy people during a quarantine for the coronavirus, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghans present their national identification papers in order to receive free wheat donated by the Afghan government, ahead of the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, during a quarantine for the coronavirus, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Daily-wage workers wait in line to receive free wheat donated by Afghan businessmen ahead of the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.

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Face masks used to curb the spread of the coronavirus are assembled at a factory in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Afghan man walks near to tents of the first coronavirus quarantine camp for Afghan refugees crossing Torkham border from Pakistan to Afghanistan east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A damaged vehicle is removed from the site of a bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A sticky bomb attached to the vehicle detonated, according to Firdaus Faramraz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

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Volunteers in protective suits spray disinfectant on storefronts to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan. The government Friday ordered a three-week lock-down for Kabul to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

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The municipality workers bury the body of coronavirus victim on the outskirts of Herat province western of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Afghan Sikh man wounded in a gunmen attack is treated in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said.

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A young girl holds a rose during an event marking the International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Civil society activists gathered the less fortunate to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan civil society activists gathered beggars from the streets of Kabul, to mark International Women's Day in Kabul.

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An Afghan man looks out from a broken window after a bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials says the bomb placed in a motorbike wounded nine people. The truce between the U.S. and Taliban started last Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, right, and first Vice President Amrullah Saleh, attend a ceremony for Ghani winning a 2nd term in the presidential election, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, arrives with his team to the Afghan Independent Election Commission to receive the official certificate of winning a 2nd term in the presidential election, during ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, receives the official certificate of winning a 2nd term in the presidential election, during ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, addresses the media following a conference with his party members in Kabul, Afghanistan. The country's independent election commission said that Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president, more than four months after polls closed.

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An Afghan small girl ramp walks on stage of Mr. and Miss. Valentines 2020 contest, in Valentines Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan models Jalil Salimi, left and Salma Hussaini, right, pose during a modeling show celebrating Valentine's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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National army soldiers arrive at the site of explosion near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The explosion occurred near the military academy in a southern neighborhood of the Afghan capital, a government spokesman said.

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An Afghan health worker wearing protective gear waits to check passengers during screening of travelers for Coronavirus who arrived from China, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Afghan health worker takes the temperature of a passenger as a preventive measure for Coronavirus, during a screening process of travelers who arrived from China, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Screening has begun in all airports and land ports in Afghanistan, especially of those who arrive from China.

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A woman helps a model prepare for a fashion show in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Men walk on a cold, foggy morning in Kabul, Afghanistan. Temperatures in Kabul early Wednesday were -4 C (25F).

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People sit around a fire to warm themselves after a heavy snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left dozens dead, officials said as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places.

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An internally displaced young Afghan woman cleans an alley outside her house on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow.

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A young boy plays in the snow on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A shepherd walks with a flock of sheep in the snow, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Newly graduated Afghan female National Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony after a three month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan men walk past a Christmas tree at the Shar-e-Naw City in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's election commission said the country's president has won a second term in office, according to a preliminary vote count. But his opponents can still challenge the results that were announced on Sunday.

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An Afghan Security police carries his injured daughter after an attack near the Bagram Air Base In Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A boy inspects his damaged home after after an attack near the Bagram Air Base in Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan. A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility near the Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said.

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Young Afghan girls share a bread at a camp for internally displaced people in Kabul, Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of internally displaced Afghans live in camps, which lack basic facilities, across Afghanistan.

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Afghan security personnel inspect the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official said the blast in that capital Kabul targeting a United Nations vehicle has left at least 1 dead. Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said several others were wounded in the attack.

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Afghan security personnel gather at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. An explosion has rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul as early morning commuters were on the street heading to work.

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People site outside of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The embassy issued a statement announcing the indefinite closure of its consular services, citing unspecified security concerns.

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Girls walk home from school on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Wounded Afghans lie on a bed at a hospital after a bomb attack on a local mosque in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan Sikhs show their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghans headed to the polls to elect a new president amid high security and threats of violence from Taliban militants, who warned citizens to stay away from polling stations or risk being hurt.

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Afghan special forces stand guard at the site of a suicide car bomb explosion that killed at least four people, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement sent to the media.

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Afghan army soldiers listen to a speech by President Ashraf Ghani during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ghani, whose government was sidelined in the U.S.-Taliban talks, again declared that his country was ready to meet with the Taliban but that "negotiation without a cease-fire is not possible."

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Bird sellers wait for customers at a market in the Old City of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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People shop at a market in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan firefighters work at the site of Monday's suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Smoke billows from the Green Village, home to several international organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Smoke rises as angry Kabul residents set fire to part of the Green Village compound that has been attacked frequently, a day after a Taliban suicide attack. An interior ministry spokesman said some hundreds of foreigners were rescued after the attack targeted the compound, which houses several international organizations and guesthouses.

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An Afghan police stands guard as smoke billows from the Green Village, home to several international organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Smoke billows from the Green Village, home to several international organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Angry residents climbed into the international compound that had been targeted and set part of it on fire.

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In this photo released by the Afghan Presidential Palace, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspects the honor guard during Independence Day celebrations at Defense Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's president is vowing to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

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Damage of the Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan soldiers inspect a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night.

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Afghan people greet each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Afghan security force member, left, stands guard at the site of Sunday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. A complex attack against the office of the president's running mate and a former chief of intelligence service Amrullah Saleh on Sunday in the capital Kabul, killed scores of people, an official said.

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A damaged bicycle is seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a bus carrying Ministry of Mines employees.

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An Afghan boy collects the remains of a suicide attacker's vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. Croatia's defense ministry said that one of three soldiers injured in an apparent attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, has died.

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Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a deadly explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital, according to police and health officials who reported a number of fatalities and many injured.

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An Afghan man checks the remains of his belongings at his shop following Monday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing a several people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing over the Afghan capital.

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A destroyed white van sits at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A powerful bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital rattling windows, sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area and wounding dozens of people.

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Smokes rises after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. Powerful explosion rocks Afghan capital, with smoke seen billowing from downtown area.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center left, walks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi, as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan during an unannounced visit.

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Men hug each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, left, inspects the guard of honor as he prepares for Eid al-Fitr prayer at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Eid al-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Afghanistan.

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Health workers evacuate a body after an attack that targeted a bus carrying government employees in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said a sticky bomb attached to the bus detonated in the capital. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the public health ministry, said five people were killed and 10 wounded in initial casualty reports and could rise.

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Afghan women receive free food donated by Muslim Hands, a not-for-profit organization, during the last days of the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset.

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Afghan people carry the remains of suicide attacker's vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. In a second suicide attack in as many days to rattle the Afghan capital, a car bomb targeting a U.S. convoy exploded in an eastern neighborhood, police said.

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Afghan security forces stand guard in front of the security checkpoint after an attack on the outskirt of Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says gunmen stormed a security checkpoint in the capital, Kabul, killing at least three police officers.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks on the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's grand council ends with a call for peace talks, urges both sides to hammer out a cease fire and protect rights gained in the last 17 years. Ghani offers cease fire, says he will free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Delegates attend the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, sits during the first day of the Loya Jirga, or the consultative council in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's president opened a grand council of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government.

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An Afghan boy pushes his wheelbarrow through floodwaters as heavy rain falls in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Boys walk under snow-covered trees in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A man walks in a snow covered cemetery on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan security forces gather at the site a day after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vehicle in the capital Kabul on Monday evening, according to officials.

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An Afghan boy prepares tea as he waits for customers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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People walk at the site of a massive fire at a gas station in Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says the overnight fire that began at the gas station and spread to a nearby apartment complex.

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U.S. and NATO forces pose for a photograph during a ceremony on Christmas Day at the Resolute Support Headquarters, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Injured men receive treatment at a hospital after Monday's Christmas Eve attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A suicide bomber and gunmen armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked the building in Kabul setting off an eight-hour-long siege.

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In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi poses for photograph, as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the Afghan capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him. Shafiqa Ahmedi said that criminals threatened to kidnap her now-7-year-old son Murtaza, a fan of Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi, after demanding money.

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Security forces block the roads at the site of a suicide bomber attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Najib Danish, spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, said the attack in Kabul took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and then other insurgents started a gun battle with forces in the area.

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Inside of a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, a day after a suicide attack. A suicide bomber was able to sneak into the wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

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A man injured in a suicide bombing is brought into a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. A Public Health Ministry spokesman said another 60 people were wounded in the attack, which took place as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.

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Injured men receive treatment at a hospital after a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said the suicide bomber targeted a gathering of Muslim religious scholars in Kabul.

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An Afghan laborer moves a sack of charcoal at a shop, in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the winter, prices of wood and charcoal rise along with other necessities.

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Men watch a fire at an appliance market in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Men take photos of the ruin after a fire devastated an electronic appliances market in Kabul, Afghanistan. Residents of the Afghan capital are grappling with the aftermath of a massive blaze that destroyed hundreds of stores at a market in Kabul.

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Afghans shout slogans against the government after a military operation left many civilians dead in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says hundreds of villagers have blocked a major highway in eastern Nangarhar province to denounce the killings of civilians during an ongoing military operation against militants there.

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A man and women from the minority Sikh register to vote in Parliamentary elections in old city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan forces fanned out across the country as voting began in the elections that followed a campaign marred by relentless violence.

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An injured boy is held up outside a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Twin bombings at a wrestling training center in a Shiite neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday killed at least 20 people and wounded others, Afghan officials said.

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An injured man is brought in to a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Twin bombings at a wrestling training center in a Shiite neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital killed at least 20, Afghan officials said.

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Afghans prepare to offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside of the Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Men hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers outside of Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan men attend Eid al-Adha prayers outside of Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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