A banana attack on a government security link in central Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least eight security personnel and six civilians and wounded more than 140, officials said when rival Afghan groups met in Qatar to discuss peace.
Islamist Taliban warriors blew a car bomb in the Ghazni city near an office in the country's main intelligence unit, the National Security Directorate (NDS), during Sunday morning rush hour, officials said.
"The nozzle of NDS officers was killed or wounded," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.
Health officials in Ghazni said 1
"Diseases can increase as this is not the last report of those injured in the powerful explosion," said Zaher Shah Nekmal, health director of Ghazni Province.  The blast in a crowded area of the Ghazni city was the latest in a wave of the Taliban's almost daily attack, which now swings over half of Afghanistan and continues to intensify the attacks on Afghan forces despite the increased US efforts against a peace agreement to end the 18-year war.
The attack came hours before the Taliban officials began to meet a group of Afghan delegates in Qatar as part of diplomatic efforts to end years of violence and build trust between Afghan civilians and the militant group.
The Taliban, who repeatedly refused to negotiate with the Western-backed government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, agreed to join the Iraqi Summit, provided that they would participate in a personal capacity y.
About 60 high Afghan figures and activists were in Doha to meet the Taliban officials during the two-day conference, a meeting organized by German and Qatari officials supported by US dealers.
U.S. and the Taliban officials will recover Tuesday.
The warring sides started a seventh round of peace talks last week, which US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, was described on Twitter on Saturday as the most productive session to date. 19659003] He said significant progress had been made on all four parts of a peace agreement: the fight against terrorism, the withdrawal of troops, participation in negotiations in Afghanistan and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
Military conflict and attacks on civilians have intensified even though diplomatic processes are gaining momentum, triggering tremendous turmoil among some Afghans about the importance of holding peace talks with the Taliban.
The Taliban took responsibility for detonating a car bomb at the start of a protracted arms fight outside a defense ministry compound in the capital, Kabul, last week. Six people were killed and more than 100 civilians, including 60 children, were injured in this attack.
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