A deadly suicide auto bomb for which the Taliban claimed responsibility struck eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni provincial capital the Ghazni city on Sunday, leaving six dead and injuring more than 180 others, mostly civilians including school students, provincial governor's spokesman Aref Nuri confirmed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for detonating the bomb near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) compound in Ghazni city during Sunday morning's rush hour.
Mujahid of the Taliban said "dozens" of intelligence officers were killed or wounded.
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"So I took up the opportunity and addressed to them on behalf of everyone in Afghanistan of how desperate we are for peace". "Also on other fundamental issues, there is a need for more time to judge the Taliban", said Shah Gul Rezayee, a delegate of the conference.
Although both sides have emphasized that members of Afghan government are attending in their personal capacity, not representing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government, their presence makes this conference different from the intra-Afghan conference in Moscow in April.
Women's rights have proven particularly important as when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they imposed a rigid interpretation of sharia Islamic law that set curbs on women's dress, behaviour and rights. "As they are having talks in Qatar, in Afghanistan they are coloring their hands by the blood of innocents, especially women and children, on a daily basis".
The attack came one day after the top US negotiator in peace talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, told a group of journalists that the past several days of talks with the insurgents had been "the most productive" since such talks began in September, and that "substantive progress" had been made on the four major issues: withdrawal of foreign forces, Taliban anti-terror guarantees, permanent cease-fire and negotiations among Afghans.
Ghani's administration, which the Taliban consider a puppet regime, has also been excluded from the direct US-Taliban talks.
The US negotiator said the deal that is being negotiated in Doha with the Taliban is "comprehensive and includes specifics on all four parts including a ceasefire, timeline, participating in intra-Afghan negotiations and counter-terrorism assurances".
The talks will focus on agreeing on a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban assurances that worldwide militant groups would not use Afghan territory as a base for attacks.
The Taliban took responsibility for detonating a auto bomb at the start of a lengthy gun fight outside a defense ministry compound in the capital, Kabul, last week. That attack also began with a massive vehicle bombing and killed around 30 people, mostly security forces.
Meanwhile in western Ghor province, a roadside mine killed Saturday seven children - the youngest was just 5 years old.