At least nine Afghan military soldiers died in a helicopter crash overnight in a central province.
The defence ministry in a statement said that four crew members of the MI-17 helicopter along with five security personnel were killed in the crash, in the Behsud district of Maidan Wradak province. It gave no further detail and stated that probing is going on.
On Thursday in a separate incident, a bomber killed four state employees commuting in a minibus in the capital Kabul. Afghanistan is experiencing a nationwide spike in bombings, targeted killings, and other violence as peace negotiations in Qatar between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government stall.
No immediate claims for the responsibility for the Kabul attack came forward. On Monday, another bombing on a minibus carrying state workers in Kabul killed three women and a 3-year old child, and wounded 13 people, according to security officials.