A car bomb attack on Sunday hit an intelligence unit in Afghanistan's eastern city of Ghazni, killing at least 12 people.

Iran Press/Asia: In the suicide attack which was carried out by Taliban group, 179 others were wounded mostly civilians including children, said Wahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman.

The number of wounded jumped up from an earlier toll of 70, AFP reported.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a WhatsApp message.

Following an upsurge in terror attacks and more insecurity in the Afghan capital, the head of Afghanistan's Senate had recently urged United States to stop its negotiations with the Taliban. Many of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are carried out by the Taliban.

Yet, despite the escalation in terrorist attacks and unrest in Afghanistan, US is still negotiating for the seventh round with Taliban behind closed doors.

After 18 years, the US and NATO have been unable to bring peace to Afghanistan, but also their military presence in Afghanistan is the main reason for increased violence in the country. 

The Taliban has declared on many occasions that ceasefire and permanent peace would return to the country if the US military withdraw from Afghanistan and terminate their occupation of the country. 203/211/215

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