Taliban gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, as the U.S. appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.
The guards were ambushed near Bagram base north of Kabul as they were driving home in a convoy late June 19, said district governor Abdul Shakoor Quddusi.
As many as three Afghan civilians were killed early on June 12 when American troops opened fire after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, an official in eastern Nangarhar province said.
A man and his two sons were killed at their home in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
Afghans mourned the loss of family members, friends and colleagues yesterday, a day after a massive truck bomb exploded in the capital, leaving at least 90 people dead and more than 450 others wounded in one of the worst extremist attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
The Turkish Embassy to Kabul has been damaged due to a powerful explosion in the Afghan capital that killed at least 80 people earlier on May 31, Turkey's Foreign Ministry has said, noting that no Turkish personnel were harmed.
"We learned with deep sorrow that many were killed and wounded in a terrorist attack in Kabul today," read a written statement issued by the ministry.
A powerful explosion burst in Kabul's diplomatic area near the Bulgarian embassy around 8.30 am local time, reported BNR.
No personal of the embassy have been injured but the building and the ones around suffered damages, the foreign ministry reports.
Local authorities have secured the area, while an investigation is going on.