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Afghan officials: Taliban rocket, mortar attacks kill 4

AP  |  Kabul 

attacks killed at least four people in eastern on Tuesday, officials said.

A rocket attack on a market in Asad Abad, the capital of Kunar province, killed two civil servants, according to Waheedullah Kalimzai, the provincial governor. In the Laghman province, a mortar round struck a house, killing two women and wounding three children, said Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the Laghman governor. No one immediately claimed either attack, but the officials blamed both on the The Interior Ministry meanwhile said forces retook a district from the in the northern Kunduz province amid fierce clashes. The Qala-e-Zal district fell to the earlier this month after insurgents overran the local police headquarters. Police officer Mohammad Faisal says fighting is still underway there. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, 12 Islamic State fighters in the eastern Nangarhar province agreed to hand over their weapons and join a government-backed peace process on Monday, according to Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. An Islamic State affiliate in eastern has expanded its reach in recent years, battling both the US- backed and the larger and more entrenched The two extremist groups are committed to establishing a harsh version of Islamic rule, but are bitterly divided over leadership and tactics.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 20:48 IST