Militants from the Taliban attacked two checkpoints in northern Afghanistan late on Tuesday, killing at least 30 soldiers and police personnel. Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, the head of the provincial council in the northern Baghlan province, said the militants set fire to the checkpoints in Baghlan-I Markazi district, AP reported.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Six children killed in explosion in Laghman province

Six girls were killed when a rocket they were playing with exploded in Alingar district of Laghman province around 10.30 am local time (11.30 am Indian Standard Time), TOLOnews reported. Four of the six girls were from one family. The rocket was “unexploded remnants of war from insurgents”, a government statement said.

One dead, nine injured in Kabul explosion

The Kabul Police said on Wednesday evening that one person died and nine were injured in an explosion in Dasht-e-Barchi area, west of the city, TOLOnews reported. A spokesperson for the Kabul Police said a suicide bomber blew himself up close to an academic centre.

Ghazni battle

Arif Noori, spokesperson for the Ghazni provincial governor, said on Wednesday that “life is getting back to normal” five days after a Taliban assault on the city that has left around 100 Afghan troops dead. At least 35 civilians have also been killed.

The United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have launched airstrikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces. Hundreds of civilians have fled Ghazni since Friday.

On Monday, local officials in the northern province of Faryab said that the Taliban attacked and captured Chenayeeha base in Ghormach district, after Afghan forces surrendered. The base was recaptured after nearly 48 hours, TOLOnews reported.