Taliban Truck Bomb Kills Eight Afghan Soldiers

 In Afghanistan, Defense, Middle East, Terrorism

A sui­cide bomber det­o­nat­ed an explo­sives-packed truck near an Afghan mil­i­tary convoy on Monday, killing eight sol­diers, the defense min­istry said, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban.

The attack, which took place in Sayed Abad dis­trict of Wardak province near the cap­i­tal Kabul, also wound­ed nine sol­diers, the min­istry said in a state­ment.

The Taliban claimed respon­si­bil­i­ty for the blast, saying the assailant had tar­get­ed a convoy of Afghan com­man­dos.

In recent months, the Taliban have car­ried out near-daily attacks against Afghan forces despite agree­ing to talks with Kabul aimed at ending the two-decade-long con­flict.

Last week, the Taliban claimed a sui­cide attack on a rural office of Afghanistan’s spy agency which killed 11 secu­ri­ty per­son­nel and wound­ed dozens of people.

In the July 13 attack, the bomber det­o­nat­ed a device inside a car near the office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the north­ern city of Aybak.

Gunmen then stormed the build­ing and clashed with secu­ri­ty forces for hours before they were shot dead.

The Taliban and the Afghan gov­ern­ment are cur­rent­ly involved in a prisoner exchange, after which peace talks are expect­ed to begin.

Washington has pushed for the nego­ti­a­tions after enter­ing into a landmark deal with the Taliban in February, which paves the way for pulling out all for­eign forces from Afghanistan by May next year.

The Defense Post source|articles

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