An Afghan official says the Taliban have targeted security checkpoints in northeastern Takhar province, killing eight members of the security forces.
Wreckage of vehicles littered the pavement near the shrine as first responders rushed to the scene and armed security forces fanned out in the area.
"As we crossed the road a blast took place in front of us," witness Ritat Shahid told AFP.
The attack outside the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in western Kabul took place at the road entrance to the war college.
Humanitarian groups were reeling on Thursday from yet another attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan, as authorities confirmed nine people had been killed in a Taliban assault in Kabul a day earlier. The targeting of Counterpart International, a US-funded non-profit group working with marginalised people,
This week's "loya jirga", or grand assembly, saw more than 3,000 religious and tribal leaders, politicians and representatives from across the country gather under tight security to discuss the possibility of peace.
President Donald Trump used 9/11 remembrance commemorations on Wednesday to announce an unprecedented escalation of the US military assault on Afghanistan’s Taliban - just days after he wanted to hold peace talks with the insurgents.
Donald Trump’s decision to call off negotiations and a covert face-to-face meeting with the Taliban demonstrated, once again, that he is a loose cannon on the international scene.
The US seems to be sending mixed signals on Afghanistan (“It’ll take more than US-Taliban deal to keep radicals away,” Sept. 3, Gulf Today). While Trump is planning to withdraw troops
US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad showed the draft of the deal to the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, earlier this week, saying it only needs President Donald Trump's approval.