Blasts in southern and eastern Afghanistan have left eight security forces and 10 civilians dead.
In the southern city of Kandahar, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least three policemen when he blew himself up at a check post early Thursday.
Nesar Ahmad, a resident of the nation’s second-largest city, described the bomb as powerful, citing damage to windows in nearby buildings.
Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Ahmad said “it was early in the morning when I heard a heavy bang, we came here and saw that a suicide attacker had targeted the check post, I have no more details about the incident”.
Another three people were wounded in the Kandahar attack.
In the east, five soldiers of the Afghan National Army were killed after their convoy struck a landmine, said Sarhadi Zewak, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Along with the the attacks on security forces, killing eight, a roadside bomb in Helmand province killed at least 10 civilians on Thursday.
The blast in Helmand province killed 10 civilians, including four women and one child, while on their way to a wedding party.
“Ten civilians, including four women and a child were killed in a roadside bomb attack as they were going to attend a wedding party in Musa Qala district of Helmand province,” Ahmad Zeerak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told the AFP news agency.
Seven children were wounded in the blast.
Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao, reporting from Helmand, said the province has experienced daily attacks, which have been seen as “an indication the Taliban are testing Afghan resolve” ahead of a 2014 international troop withdrawal.
Though no group has yet to take official responsibility, local police blamed the attack on Taliban fighters.
Source: al-Jazeera and agencies