Armed clashes, targeted killings escalate in fresh bout of violence

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KABUL: Afghanistan saw a flurry of armed clashes, targeted killings and a bomb blast over the past day, with fighting still raging in several northern provinces.
According to Afghan Peace Watch (APW), a bombing inside Ayub Saber Mosque in PD 5 of Kabul city during Friday prayers left scores of worshippers dead and injured. With access to information now at its lowest ebbs in Afghanistan as the Taliban forbid reporting, an exact figure of casualties could not be obtained, but an eyewitness said the death toll could be very high. No group has also claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Clashes still continue to rage in Panjshir, Baghlan and Takhar provinces. In a battle that intensified last week between the Taliban and the National Resistance forces (NRF), the Taliban have reportedly sustained heavy casualties. 
The Taliban have also reportedly killed dozens of civilians on accusations of having links with resistance forces. But APW sources confirmed all those victims were civilians.
In another incident, unknown militants beheaded a taxi driver near a Taliban base in the Khulm district of Balkh province in front of his wife and sister. The victim was taking his pregnant wife to the hospital.