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Suicide bomber kills 15 in Afghan market: officials

Suicide bomber kills 15 in Afghan market: officials
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A suicide bomber killed 15 people including women and children in a northern Afghan market Wednesday, as militants intensify their annual summer...

A suicide bomber killed 15 people including women and children in a northern Afghan market Wednesday, as militants intensify their annual summer offensive despite nascent peace talks.


The attack in Almar district of Faryab province, bordering Turkmenistan, highlights the heavy toll of such attacks on civilians after 13 years of war.

No group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, which comes just before another round of peace negotiations between the government and Taliban militants are due to start.

"This morning a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest in a market in Almar," Faryab governor Abdul Sattar Barez told AFP.


"Our information shows at least 15 people were killed in the attack, including women and children and at least one Afghan army soldier," he said, adding that around 38 others were wounded.

Almar district chief Saleh Mohammad Saleh confirmed the death toll.

Taliban insurgents, who launched their annual summer offensive in late April, have stepped up attacks on government and foreign targets despite official efforts to jumpstart peace talks.
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