CIA-funded paramilitaries are wreaking havoc in Afghanistan.
"We are trying to negotiate their release with the Taliban," says Abdullah Hasrat, a spokesman for Paktia's governor after Taliban kidnapped six Afghan journalists.
Afghanistan's security agency said a Taliban hideout was targeted and there were no civilian casualties. Civilian deaths have been increasing as the US and Taliban attempt to negotiate an agreement to end the 18-year war.
The attack in Gardez, the capital of eastern Paktia province, also wounded dozens, officials say. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghan security forces have retaken Kohistan district in the northern province of Badakhshan amid ongoing fighting with the Taliban across the war-torn country.
Days after a previous strike in Afghanistan's border region with Pakistan had killed chief of the JuA splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, the group's senior commander Asad Afridi emerges as the favourite to become the outfit's new leader.
At least five suicide bombers attacked the headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province. Local hospital officials say they have received the bodies of five policemen and as many as 30 wounded.
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