Attacks claim 9 lives across Afghanistan

A child stands at the site of a car bomb explosion in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. (File photo)

Two separate attacks have left at least ten people dead and several others injured in different regions of war-torn Afghanistan, security sources say.

Local security officials say the first incident happened at a cemetery in the southern province of Kandahar on Tuesday. A bomb planted inside a grave was detonated when mourners gathered to pray, killing two and injuring three others. A well-known tribal leader was among the dead.

Bomb explosions and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

The second attack happened in Ghazni on the road from Kandahar to Kabul. According to eye-witnesses, militants dressed in Afghan army clothing arrested and later killed eight people traveling on a bus.

The developments come as a recent United Nations report says there has been a sharp increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of the current year. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that civilian deaths were up 23 percent in the six months from a year ago.

The war-weary Afghan civilians are the main victims of the conflict which began after the 2001 US-led invasion.

Over a decade of the costly US-led war in Afghanistan has failed to end militancy in the country and the US, which has thousands of troops on the ground in Afghanistan, is now trying to sit down for talks with Taliban militants.


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Republished from: Press TV