United Nations Vehicle Bombed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations vehicle was bombed Sunday in the Afghan capital Kabul and initial reports indicated at least one foreign citizen was killed, an Afghan official said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said five others, including two Afghan U.N. workers, were wounded in the attack. The vehicle was heavily damaged.

The blast hit the vehicle on one of the busiest roads in the city, in Police District 9, Rahimi said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in the capital and have repeatedly claimed previous attacks.

The Taliban control or hold sway over about half of Afghanistan, staging near-daily attacks against Afghan forces and government officials across the country.

In central Daykundi Province, at least eight soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their checkpoint, said provincial Gov. Anwar Rahmati. He said four other soldiers were wounded in the hours-long gunbattle.

Rahmati said reinforcements were dispatched early Sunday to the area in Kajran district, driving off the insurgents, killing at least 20 of them.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the checkpoint attack. He disputed the Taliban casualty figures provided by the governor and said the insurgents had seized weapons and ammunition.

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