HERAT -- A roadside bomb killed at least eight civilians and wounded 12 others Monday (January 7) near a market in Janikhail District, Paktika Province.
Among those killed were two brothers aged 10 and 12, provincial police spokesman Shah Mohammad Aryan told AFP.
Civilians have long borne the brunt of the war, with 8,050 people killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018, according to the latest figures provided by the United Nations.
Separately, Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in Badghis Province, where at least 15 militants were killed, officials said Monday.
The fighting, which broke out in Qadis and Ab Kamari districts, Badghis Province, late Sunday (January 6), killed at least 10 members of the security forces and of the pro-government militia, provincial governor's spokesman Jamshid Shahabi told AFP.
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