Police officers said that a suicide bomb attack killed at least 10 civilians in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on Wednesday.
Deputy provincial police chief of the Faryab province, Baryalia Basharyar, said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest among shoppers at a busy market in the Almar district, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
He said at least ten people were killed in the powerful explosion but the death toll is expected to rise as several others were injured, including policemen. Afghan officials said the police officers could have been the target.
No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants, who have intensified attacks on Afghan security forces since they announced an annual spring offensive in April, are suspected to be behind the bombing.
The Afghan government has undertaken negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, China, Norway and Dubai in recent months to find a way to end the conflict which has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 40,000 civilians since 2001.
Both sides said they will continue the talks in future but violence has not stopped in the war-torn country despite ongoing peace talks.