Conflict in Afghanistan
Separate suicide bombings reportedly combine to kill at least 34 in Afghanistan
Afghanistan officials reported a pair of separate fatal suicide bombings in the country Sunday.
At least 31 Afghan security force members were killed and 24 others wounded after an attacker reportedly drove a military humvee packed with explosives onto an army base outside the city of Ghazni on Sunday and detonated them. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. Per Reuters, a spokesman for the Taliban did not confirm or deny the group's involvement.
Another suicide bomber targeted the convoy of Attajan Haqbayat, the council chief in the southern Zabul province, on Sunday, killing at least three people and wounding 21 others. Haqbayat survived the attack with minor injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for that incident, either; Reuters notes Haqbayat is an outspoken critic of the Taliban.
The Taliban and the Afghan government are seeking a solution to their decades-long conflict as the United States prepares to withdraw more troops from the country, but violence has surged throughout the negotiation process. The Taliban and the Islamic State have both carried out attacks in recent weeks. Read more at The Associated Press and Reuters.