Nangarhar has seen heavy fighting in recent months between militants purported to be from the Taliban and the Islamic State group, battling for control of trade routes.
Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said that Mullah Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released.
At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.
The gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Andarab district of Afghanistan.
The ice-breaking talks started on July 7 when the warring sides held their first open and direct talks at Pakistan’s hill resort of Murree near capital Islamabad.
The powerful explosion in Faryab province’s Almar district also wounded at least 38 people, said Abdul Satar Barez, the acting provincial governor.
The peace process got a tremendous boost when the Afghan Taliban’s reclusive chief Mullah Omar in his Eid message supported the talks.
‘Two US helicopters attacked a checkpoint in Baraki Barak. The checkpoint caught fire… and 10 Afghan army soldiers were killed.’
“At 6:00 am today, two US helicopters attacked a checkpoint in Baraki Barak,” district governor Mohammad Rahim Amin told AFP.
“If we look into our religious regulations, we can find that meetings and even peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited,” he said in his message on the eve of Eid.
The bombing hit a checkpoint manned by members of the Khost Provincial Force, an Afghan unit that guards Camp Chapman.
The attacker detonated a lorry loaded with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.
Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was the only
female nominated to the nine-member bench.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Taliban militants have increased their attacks on Afghan security forces since launching their annual spring offensive.
Afghan forces have been stretched, tested, and faced operational challenges since taking on full security responsibilities following an end to the US and NATO combat mission.