Nine dead in suicide bombing in Afghanistan amid Taliban talks: report
An Afghan official said at least nine people, including four civilians, were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan.
Omer Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said Thursday that a small child and three security personnel were injured in Wednesday night’s attack in Nahri Sarah district.
Zwak said civilians were in a vehicle when the attacker targeted the checkpoint. Two women were among those killed.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban insurgents control most of Helmand province.
The violence comes even as Taliban leaders and Afghan government-appointed negotiators hold historic peace talks in Qatar, a Middle Eastern country where the Taliban set up a political bureau after being ousted from power during the the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Negotiations, which began earlier this month, aim to end the fighting and establish a roadmap for a post-war society.