Afghan officers say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At the least 34 individuals have been killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that focused a army base and a provincial chief, officers stated.

In jap Ghazni province, 31 troopers have been killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a army humvee filled with explosives onto a military commando base earlier than detonating the automotive bomb, in accordance with an official in Afghanistan’s nationwide safety council, who spoke anonymously as a result of he was not permitted to talk on to the media.

Ghazni provincial well being division chief, Zahir Shah Nikmal, additionally confirmed the demise toll and casualty figures from the assault. Inside Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian stated a suicide bombing happened, although he didn’t present additional particulars.

In southern Afghanistan, one other suicide automotive bomber focused the convoy of a provincial council chief in Zubal, killing at the least three individuals and wounding 12 others, together with youngsters.

The provincial council chief, Attajan Haqbayat, survived the assault on Sunday with minor accidents, although one in all his bodyguards was amongst these killed, stated provincial police spokesman Hikmatullah Kochai.

There have been no quick claims of accountability for the assaults.

The bombings come as Afghan authorities representatives and the Taliban maintain face-to-face talks in Qatar for the primary time to finish the nation’s decades-long conflict.

There was a pointy rise in violence this yr and a surge of assaults by the Taliban towards Afghanistan’s beleaguered safety forces because the begin of peace talks in September. There have additionally been lethal assaults this month claimed by Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, together with a horrific assault on Kabul College that killed 22 individuals, most of them college students.

The U.S., in the meantime, plans to withdraw an estimated 2,500 troops earlier than the center of January, leaving about 2,000 troopers in Afghanistan as a part of America’s longest conflict. Afghan officers, nevertheless, have expressed issues {that a} fast discount in American troops may strengthen the negotiating hand of the Taliban.

The USA has been urgent in current weeks for a discount in violence, whereas the Afghan authorities has been demanding a cease-fire. The Taliban have refused, saying a cease-fire will probably be a part of negotiations, although the group have held to their promise to not assault U.S. and NATO troops.

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