The prisoner releases were part of a deal the US has signed with the Taliban aimed at ending war in Afghanistan.
The attack happened hours before a three-day ceasefire was to begin. The Taliban denied any responsibility.
More than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents, most belonging to the banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, are present in Afghanistan, UN says in report, adding some of them have joined Daesh there.
For the Taliban and Afghan government, prisoner swaps are a litmus test for everyone’s real intentions, even though these dither with the peace process.
The offer from the militants comes amid soaring violence that has threatened to derail US-backed efforts to bring Kabul and the Taliban to the negotiating table and seek an end to Afghanistan's nearly 19-year war.
Afghan officials say eight civilians are among 45 people killed in air raids in eastern Herat province.
Meanwhile, the US has said its deal with the Taliban is in the "next phase" as it urged the militants to reduce rising bloodshed.
A Taliban suicide car bomb attack triggered a clash between the government forces and insurgent group that killed 11 and wounded dozens in Afghanistan.
A recent US Department of Defense report indicates that the Taliban continues to hold relations with Al Qaeda, forcing the Trump administration to reconsider its deal with the powerful armed Afghan movement.
Reports that the Russians put out hits on US personnel in Afghanistan should be treated with caution.
The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials.
Afghan government officials and Taliban militants are blaming each other for killing at least 23 people in Sangin district of southern Helmand province.
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