KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Afghanistan (all times local):
An Afghan official says a bomb planted in a rickshaw has killed at least seven people and wounded eight others.
Gelani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor of the western Herat province, says Tuesday’s blast took place near the main Sunni mosque in Herat city, adding that the toll could rise.
In the capital, Kabul, police say a rocket struck the Indian diplomatic compound without killing or wounding anyone.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Afghanistan’s president says the death toll from last week’s massive suicide truck bombing in Kabul has surpassed 150, making it the deadliest single attack in the 16 years since the U.S. invaded to topple the Taliban.
Ashraf Ghani provided the updated toll on Tuesday in remarks to the Kabul Process, an international gathering focused on security and political issues. He said more than 300 other people were wounded in the bombing.
Afghan authorities have said Pakistan was involved in the attack, charges denied by Islamabad. The two countries have often accused each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along their porous border.
No one has claimed the attack. The Taliban have steadily expanded their reach since the U.S. and international forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. An Islamic State affiliate has meanwhile emerged and carried out several large attacks.
Afghanistan’s president has again invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their “last chance” to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process.
Ashraf Ghani spoke at the opening of the so-called Kabul Process, a gathering of 23 nations, the EU, U.N. and NATO intended to discuss security and political issues in the country.
The Taliban has steadily expanded its reach since U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014 and transitioned to a support and counterterrorism role.
Past attempts at peace talks have failed. The Taliban have refused to negotiate with the government until all foreign forces leave, and still refer to themselves as a government in exile, angering authorities in Kabul.
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