The bomb struck a bus travelling through Kandahar province. The attack is said to the third since a brief ceasefire declared by the Taliban for a major Muslim holiday that ended last month.
Insurgents dug a tunnel in volatile Sangin district and then blew it up before their fighters could attack the compound.
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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says Abdul Ghani Baradar was brought into the process to "strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States."
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Police officials say over a dozen people were also wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside a police compound in Wardak province. Meanwhile, Afghans are voting in delayed Kandahar poll despite Taliban attack risk.
The US is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks to end the more than 16-year-old war, Jim Mattis says, at the start of his visit to Afghanistan.
NPR photographer David Gilkey and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in an attack against the military convoy they were accompanying.
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