15 killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

15 killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

He said two other civilians were wounded in the blast in northeastern Kunduz province.

He says six women, six girls and two infants died in the explosion, as well as the male driver.

He added that militants carrying a vehicle carrying explosives were arrested at the checkpoint Thursday morning and then opened fire to cover their escape. Faizi said they apparently detonated the explosives remotely after getting away, although an investigation was ongoing.

The Taliban attacked the provincial capital, also called Kunduz, in early September, but failed to capture it.

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A spokesman from the Islamist insurgent group told Reuters, "if peace talks start, it will be resumed from the stage where it had stopped".

The delegation, led by the Taliban's chief negotiator Mullah Baradar, met with Zarif on Tuesday night, the Afghan group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on his Twitter account.

As the conflict between foreign-backed Afghan government forces and Taliban fighters has lasted for more than 18 years, civilians continue to endure the worst part of the war with a record number of casualties.

Speaking in the U.N. General Assembly's debate on the situation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Munir Akram pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan has responded to US President Donald Trump's request to help launch direct talks with the Taliban.

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