A bomb hidden on a motorbike has killed at least 10 people, three of them children, in a crowded market in Afghanistan.
Most of those who died in northern Kunduz province were civilians. Some 18 people were injured. The apparent target was a local militia leader who is among the dead.
It is part of a sudden upswing of violence on the ninth anniversary of the Taliban’s fall from power in Kabul.
Security forces in Jalalabad thwarted a pre-dawn attack by Taliban fighters on a foreign military base near the eastern city’s airport.
Afghan troops and NATO’s international force ISAF responded after they came under small-arms fire, the coalition said. Several insurgents including at least two suicide bombers were killed.
Violence is at its worst level nationwide since the Taliban was overthrown nine years ago this weekend, with civilian and military casualties at record levels.