Suicide truck bomb kills 8, wounds 12

An Afghan security guard inspects the site of a truck bombing attack in Logar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 6, 2015.


Nabi Mangal, a friendly, tall 65-year-old with a cream-coloured turban, said Mullah Omar’s death would do little to dissuade the Taliban.The Taliban have reacted to the death of their founder Mullah Omar by appointing his deputy as the new chief.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the crash, but said it would release details later.

“It was a powerful explosion… which killed three members of the Quick Reaction Force and three civilians”.

Last week’s Taliban statement did not say where, when or how Mullah Omar had died.

President Ashraf Ghani offered his condolences to the families of the dead soldiers. The Taliban often exaggerate battlefield gains.

The report said 1,592 civilians were killed and 3,329 injured between January and June.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which extensively damaged the council building and nearby houses.

Officials have blamed Taliban militants for the attack.

An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Thursday, killing all 17 on board, officials said, in a blow for a fledgling air force whose resources have been stretched since the withdrawal of most global forces previous year.


In Kandahar city, meanwhile, two police checkpoints came under attack from gunmen wearing suicide vests, according to Samim Khpolwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman. Provincial lawmaker Mohammad Hashim Alokozai said 16 police and soldiers were killed in two days of fighting.

Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death