militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the three
attacks, which come amid an upsurge in violence in Afghanistan
as clashes intensify between government forces and Taliban
A string of near-daily roadside bombings in recent weeks has
killed government officials, judges, journalists and activists.
The bloodshed comes as U.S.-brokered peace talks in Qatar
between the Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government
have staggered in recent months.
President Joe Biden's team is reviewing a peace-building deal
that the government of his predecessor Donald Trump sealed with
the Taliban in February 2020. The pact requires all American and
allied forces to leave the country by May 1.
The United States has reduced the number of troops in
Afghanistan to 2,500 from the 12,000 there when the agreement
was signed. But violence remains high, with the U.S. and Afghan
governments largely blaming the Taliban.
On Saturday, a police spokesman in southern Kandahar province
said a blast there was caused by a Humvee packed with explosives
that targeted a police outpost, injuring seven police personnel.
Afghanistan's Defence Ministry said "18 Taliban terrorists were
killed and 9 others were wounded" in an operation in Arghandab
district of Kandahar province on Friday night.
An explosion targeted the police commander in the Chapa Dara
district of eastern Kunar province, killing four local police
personnel, including the commander, said a provincial police
A roadside bomb blast injured three civilians in Jalalabad, the
capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
(Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Orooj Hakimi in Kabul, Sarwar
Amani in Kandahar, Ahmad Sultan in Jalalabad; Writing by Rupam
Jain, Editing by William Mallard)
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