KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A vehicle carrying shopkeepers on their way to a market has struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province, killing seven of them.

Police spokesman Karim Yuresh says another civilian was wounded in Sunday’s attack, in an area where the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are active.

In the eastern Paktia province, a car bomb killed two people and wounded another three. Abdullah Hsart, the provincial governor’s spokesman, says the attack late Saturday targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded. The Taliban claimed the attack.

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NYT: Afghan Forces Retake Northern District From Taliban

KABUL — Afghan forces backed by air strikes have retaken a district in the northern province of Badakhshan that was seized last week by Taliban insurgents, officials said, as fighting continued across Afghanistan.

Provincial police spokesman Sanaullah Rohani said Kohistan district, which fell to the insurgents on Thursday, was retaken by army and police forces backed by air support on Saturday. Taliban fighters were also pushed back in Teshkan district, where they had taken a number of checkpoints.

“The Taliban suffered heavy casualties, but there is no updated information on the exact number as the area is remote and the telecommunication system weak,” he said.

With the Taliban’s annual spring offensive well under way, there was violence in several parts of the country.

Late on Saturday, a district governor in Paktia province, on the border with Pakistan, was among five people wounded in a car bomb explosion, Abdullah Hasrat, spokesman for the Paktia provincial governor said.

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NYT: Afghan Forces, Taliban Battle for Control of Highway in Ghazni Province

KABUL — At least 31 Taliban militants were killed by Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, as the Afghan army battled to protect a key highway, officials said on Saturday.

Mohammad Arif Noori, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the militants were planning to wrest control of an arterial road and had attacked many security check posts.

“With the help of U.S. air forces, the Taliban militants have been pushed back from the areas near Ghazni-Paktika highway, but the road is still closed due to serious damages caused by the Taliban,” said Noori.

During clashes on Friday, two civilians were killed and four were injured when a mortar shell hit a home in the Andar district. Andar is one of the unstable districts of Ghazni province, 95 miles (153 km) southwest of the capital, Kabul.

In a separate incident, two militants were killed when explosives went off on a highway in Ghazni.

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Afghan forces thwart deadly roadside bombing plot in Kabul

The Afghan security forces have thwarted a plot by the anti-government armed militants to carry out a roadside bomb explosion in capital Kabul. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials said Saturday that an improvised explosive device planted on a roadside was discovered and defused in the vicinity of Qarabagh district. The officials further added that .

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Ghazni operations: Gen. Radmanish

The Afghan defense officials are saying that the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties during the operations in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. The deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) Gen. Mohammad Radmanish told reporters a total of 60 militants were killed and 33 others sustained injuries in the past 24 hours. Gen. .

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