An Afghan journalist 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 Taliban stormed an army checkpoint and killed 10 soldiers, officials said Wednesday.
Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, said the attack happened on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Helmand, the Taliban heartland.
Afghan journalists are often targeted in attacks.
In the attack in western Farah province, the Taliban stormed an army checkpoint along the main highway in Gulistan 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.
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 Qatar produced two draft agreements between the Taliban and the US government on a "withdrawal timeline and effective counterterrorism measures," American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.
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.
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