Suicide bomber targets intelligence office in Afghanistan, 6 killed

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Kabul, Aug 30: Six persons were killed while 40 were injured after a suicide bomber targetted an intelligence office in eastern Afghanistan early on Saturday.

Sources in the governor's office in Nangahar Province said an explosive-laden truck had blown up at the gate of the Jalalabad office of the National Directorate of Security. An attacker then tried to storm the building but was shot down by the security forces.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack

Afghanistan is amid a political stalemate with rival presidential candidates failing to resolve month-long disputes over an election aimed at the first democratic transfer of power in the history of the violence-ravaged nation.

The government forces continue to fight the armed opposition troops who have launched operations in Kunduz province in the north and Helmand province in the south.

At least 1,500 Taliban fighters have been reportedly deployed in Kunduz. In Helmand, at least 900 people have been killed in the fighting since June.

The USA is due to pull out a big contingent of its forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year but the deadlock over the transfer of power has delayed the signing of a security agreement with the US over the number of troops to remain.

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