KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeting a village police commander blew himself up in a bazaar in a lawless part of eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people, an official said Saturday.
Clashes and bombings around Afghanistan in the past two days have claimed the lives of 15 people, including 11 Afghan policemen and four civilians. Afghan forces have been in the lead for security around the country since mid June, when foreign forces handed over control. The Taliban has stepped up attacks since then and is seeking to take advantage of the withdrawal of foreign troops that will see all international combat forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Insurgents increasingly have been targeting Afghan security forces and government officials. Late Friday, a suicide bomber targeted a village police commander in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, according to authorities. The bomber on a motorcycle loaded with explosives killed local police commander Dawlat Khan, three of his men, and three civilians.