More than six people have been killed and 12 injured during a suicide bombing attack on Thursday that took place in Logar province, south of the Afghan capital Kabul, targeting a police compound.
According to the Associated Press, eight people died because of the Taliban attack.
“A water truck filled with explosives was detonated when it was stopped at the gate of the quick reaction force [police] compound,” said deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Qari Wara.
“It was a powerful explosion which killed three members of the quick reaction force and three civilians,” he added.
The bombing was targeting the city’s provincial council offices and the Rapid Reaction Forces (RRF) headquarters in Pul Alam.
This was the first attack to occur since Taliban's former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's death was announced on July 29. It was confirmed that the former leader had died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital. The confirmation came from Afghan government and a Taliban member.
The explosion even damaged buildings that were located 500 meters away.
The Taliban made a statement taking responsibility for the bombing. Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that “Mazda truck packed with heavy explosives… killed more than 100 security personnel.”
The attack further complicates the controversial peace process with the Taliban, as they deal with a severe change in their leadership after 20 years.
Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was announced as the new leader of the Taliban last Friday.
Meanwhile, an Afghan military helicopter crashed in Shinkay, province of Zabul costing the life of at least 17 people.
According to the officials the helicopter was experiencing technical problems.
“Five crew and 12 soldiers were killed when the helicopter crashed in Shinkay district of Zabul province due to technical issues,” a police official stated.
However, Anadolu Agency reports that although officials said the helicopter faced technical issues, it was brought down by the Taliban.
It was reported that Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that they had caused the fatal crash urging the provincial governor Mohammed Anwar Ishaqzai to claim technical problems.
Military operation kills 88 militants
The last 24 hours seems to be crucial for Afghanistan, according to the country’s Interior Ministry 88 militants were killed during a military operation in the provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Parwan, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Sare-e Pul, Balkh, Zabul, Uruzgan, Khost, Paktiya, and Helmand.
Troops from the Afghan National Army and members of the Afghan National Directorate of Security conducted the operation.