Taliban attack kills foreign trooper in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber targets international convoy in Afghanistan

The attack came a day after Taliban killed two American troops as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar.

ISIS took responsibility for the attack Wednesday in a series of messages sent to Telegram channels associated with the group.

A Reuters witness at the scene said military helicopters landed at the site at least four times.

The attack comes as the Trump administration is deciding whether to send 4,000 more US soldiers to Afghanistan in order to control Taliban gains.

The NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann said "Attacking a holy place and slaughtering people while they are praying is a despicable violation of fundamental human rights and basic religious principles".

Meanwhile, the father of the captain of a team of Afghan schoolgirls who won global fame competing in a robotics competition in the United States has died of wounds suffered in an attack on a Shia mosque in Herat.

Nato confirmed in a statement that a convoy was attacked and did "cause casualties" but did not immediately give further details. "There were three armoured vehicles in the convoy".

Terrorists mounted two deadly attacks in Afghanistan, killing scores of people as the war-torn country sees a jump in the suicide attacks. Both news services note the Taliban has denied involvement in the violence. A second explosion came 10 minutes later.

Provincial spokesman Jilani Farhad says that to reduce the chance for more attacks, a planned Shiite protest to denounce the attack will be held just before the burial on Wednesday afternoon, rather than at a separate time and location.

Officials feared a rising toll with several of the more than 60 people injured in a critical condition.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan said "This attack deliberately targeting civilians at prayer can have no justification whatsoever".



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