MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At least three people were killed and eight others wounded in a suicide attack in Afghan capital, local Police Chief told Afghan news outlet TOLOnews.
The incident took place Sunday afternoon in eastern Paktia province in Afghan capital Kabul, when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a meeting of People's Council of Paktia.
Paktia province's representative in the country's parliament, Gul Pacha Mujedi, was also injured in the attack and has been taken to local hospital.
This is the second suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in less than a week. On Wednesday, a suicide car bombing killed at least six people and wounded 31, according to the local media.
The attack came just few days after Washington announced it would slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Washington said it would hold the number of troops at 9,800 to provide additional support to the Afghan government, reversing its previous decision for a gradual pull out of all troops by the end of 2015.
Afghanistan is currently in the state of political turmoil, with Taliban extremists redoubling their activities across the country as international troops leave after the United States-led NATO mission formally ended its combat role in Afghanistan on December 31, 2014.
The Taliban is a militant group founded in the 1990s that seeks to establish sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group is known to have carried out multiple terrorist attacks against the authorities and civilians in both countries.