Police were fighting the Taliban in Helmand province late on Thursday when the Afghan forces called for air support. Eight Afghan policemen were killed and 11 more injured in what appears to be a mistake.
Cases of the crippling disease have steadily increased in the country as attacks on health workers persist and fake news continues to circulate about the deaths of numerous children killed by the vaccine.
Terror group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the blast,
Despite ongoing talks between Washington and the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, US forces and their Afghan allies have killed more civilians than all insurgent groups combined so far this year.
At least four people died and nearly a dozen were injured in the attack, TRT World sources say. Taliban militants claim responsibility for the attack targeting the non-profit Counterpart International in Shahr Naw area of the Afghan capital.
The latest attack in Farah province dashed hopes of some sort of a truce during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which started on Monday.
The assault that took place in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, set off a six-hour gunbattle which ended after the attackers were killed.
The Taliban, who were not at the talks, are this week separately meeting in Doha with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in a bid to make a deal with Washington that could see the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman says the group's top political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the men discussed "key aspects for a peaceful resolution of the Afghan issue."
While Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are more concrete than their Iranian ties, Pakistan still marches to its own tune.
The four-day consultative grand assembly, known as a "loya jirga", is an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to influence peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, which the militants have excluded his government from.
"New Pakistan" has been Khan's catchphrase since he re-entered politics, promising to change the status quo. His new interior minister Ijaz Shah is a retired brigadier and ex-spy chief whom slain former PM Benazir Bhutto regarded as a deadly enemy.
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