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IED blast martyrs nine, wounds two in Ghazni

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: A roadside bomb tore through a passenger bus, on Saturday, martyring nine civilians, officials said, in the latest attack blamed on the Taliban. Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar to end the country’s grinding war.
The bomb struck the bus at around 10:30 am when it was travelling from Kabul to the city of Ghazni, Waheedullah Jumazada, spokesman for Ghazni governor said.
Nine civilians including three women were martyred in the explosion,” he said.
Four policemen were also wounded, Ghazni police spokesman Adam Khan Seerat said, blaming the Taliban for the attack. Despite joining peace talks with the Afghan government last month, the Taliban have only increased violence in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations. The top US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said earlier this week that fighting is threatening the peace process.

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