KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) — Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taleban meet to try to end decades of war.
Spokesman for the Interior Ministry Tariq Arian said 45 people were also wounded in a late afternoon blast in Bamiyan city in Bamiyan province. Several shops and vehicles were destroyed or damaged.
Mohammad Reza Yusuofi, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Bamiyan, said there were two bombs that exploded in quick succession.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said the group was not involved.
The Islamic State (IS) group affiliate in Afghanistan has declared war on the country’s minority Bamiyan. Violence and chaos have increased in Afghanistan in recent months even as government negotiators and the Taleban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war. The two sides have made little progress.