A car bomb blast has killed at least 30 people and injured many more at a crowded market in Afghanistan’s Paktika province.
Dozens of people are said to be trapped in the rubble of destroyed shops.
It happened near the border with Pakistan’s North Waziristan region where the military has been attacking hideouts of the Pakistani Taliban in the past few weeks, prompting militants to retreat towards Afghanistan.
Separately in Kabul, a roadside bomb killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai’s press office. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
The attacks took place as foreign troops are gradually withdrawing from the country. The United Nations said last week that civilian casualties jumped by almost a quarter in the first half of this year as hostilities escalated.