Nearly four people were killed and another six bruised after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security forces in Kabul early on Tuesday, the officials said, in the latest bloody Taliban claimed attack in the Afghan capital.
The blast took place in Paghman district in western Kabul as the group was returning from an overnight operation, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.
“It is still not clear whether the assailant was on foot or driving a vehicle,” the spokesman added.
Additional security official requesting anonymity said the assaulter had used a car bomb to target the group.
Attacks on Afghan forces by the Taliban and the militant Islamic State group have been causing record high casualties on security personnel this year.
Afghan security forces, beset by assassinations and desertions, have been struggling to beat back rioters since United States led Nato mostly left them on their own three years ago.
President Ashraf Ghani said in November that nearly 30,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers have been murdered since 2015, a figure far higher than anything previously acknowledged.
Prior this month, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, who has been chosen to lead the US military’s Central Command; said that the death rate among Afghan forces would no longer be maintainable unless urgent measures are taken to address enlisting and training issues.
The early morning attack in Kabul came just hours after an overnight attack on a checkpoint in Arghistan district of southern Kandahar province by Taliban-fighters murdered at least eight Afghan police officers according to the provincial media office.
“The fighting lasted several hours, eleven Taliban were also executed,” the office added.
The uptick in violence comes as Washington continues to press for a negotiated end to the 17 years conflict.
US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad who is currently canvassing the region to rustle up support for potential peace talks uttered hopes that a deal to end the war could be struck before the Afghan presidential election scheduled for April.