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Afghan journalist wounded in bombing;10 troops killed

AP  |  Kabul 

An Afghan who has long received death threats was seriously wounded in a bombing in the country's south, while in the western province of Farah, the stormed an army checkpoint and killed 10 soldiers, officials said Wednesday.

Also in Farah, a was gunned down outside his home on Wednesday, a said.

The attacks were the latest violence in war-torn even as the and the US concluded another round of negotiations held in Qatar, with both sides reporting progress in the talks.

Radio and TV Nesar was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded as he was heading to work in province.

Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, said the attack happened on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

Ahmadi had a leg wound and was transferred to for further treatment, the said.

He runs the Sabahoon radio station and is also a for Sabahoon TV in

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Helmand, the heartland.

Afghan journalists are often targeted in attacks.

In January, the Safety Committee said in its annual report that it had recorded a total of 121 cases of violence against journalists and in 2018.

It also said 17 journalists and were killed last year, once again placing as the world's most dangerous country for journalists.

The and its Afghan affiliate condemned the attack on Ahmadi in and called for an immediate investigation.

In the attack in western province, the Taliban stormed an army checkpoint along the main highway in district on Tuesday, killing 10 soldiers, said Abdul Samad Salehi, a member of the provincial council.

Reinforcements were sent and the area was retaken and brought under control but five or six other troops remain missing, Salehi added.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in

On Wednesday, also in Farah, was shot and killed near his home in the provincial capital, city.

He was an engineer and the head of the public works department, said Salehi.

Despite intensified negotiations between the US and the Taliban to end the 17-year was in Afghanistan, the insurgents have been carrying out near-daily attacks across the country, mainly targeting the government and security forces and causing staggering casualties.

The nearly two weeks of talks in produced two draft agreements between the Taliban and the on a "withdrawal and effective counterterrorism measures," American wrote on

The Taliban also issued a statement, saying "progress was achieved" on both of those issues.

However, the Taliban have consistently refused to talk with the government in Kabul, describing it as a US puppet.

The talks concluded late Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear when the next round of talks would take place.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:35 IST
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