Another burst of deadly violence erupted Wednesday near Kabul, as the United States continues to broker peace efforts between the Afghan government and the Taliban militia.
The incident, a suicide bombing, left three people dead and 15 others wounded; while three additional civilians were injured in a separate blast in the capital the same day. On Tuesday, meanwhile, the Taliban attacked security checkpoints patrolled by pro-government militia in the northern Semangan province, killing nine and wounding seven.
The violence had subsided for one week in February as U.S. and Taliban negotiators worked out a deal to remove American-led forces in return for Taliban security guarantees, but attacks have resumed since then. With growing concern over the number of civilian deaths, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan traveled to Doha this month to warn Taliban leaders that the violence must be tempered.