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The destruction of factories, homes and government buildings by the Taliban has brought added misery to residents and business owners in the region.
The EU condemned the Taliban and called for a comprehensive ceasefire amid escalating violence in Afghanistan.
The bomb-and-gun attack in Kabul is the latest act of violence in an urban area after the Taliban claimed last month they would not target cities.
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