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.
In beating back Monday’s attackers, Afghan forces showed they might yet stand and deliver — concerted international action, however, remains key.
Taliban militants attacked the Afghan Parliament this morning, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover.
Taliban captured Chardara on Sunday and Dashti Archi on Monday, both districts of the Kunduz province. No precise account of casualties were given but locals are said to be trapped in the district.
The explosion struck as lawmakers were seen leaving the Afghanistan parliament. Police said there were four large explosions.
The violence killed three Afghan security members and injured six while Taliban suffered 17 fatalities and at least 20 casualties while the locals fled the violence.
Better known as a negotiator, Masoom Stanekzai is expected to be confirmed as the new defense minister by Afghanistan’s parliament but can assume post in acting capacity.
Once boasting as many as 100,000 members in the 1990s, Afghanistan’s Sikh population, according to community leaders, has fallen to an estimated 2,500 due to societal discrimination.
Overnight clash near the Afghan border in the restive North Waziristan tribal area has killed 19 militants and seven soldiers.
According to Afghan and Norwegian media, the talks were expected to focus on women’s rights in Afghanistan.
A realignment of loyalties of militants is afoot. Kabul and the region must not be complacent.
The study, called Costs of War looks at war-related deaths, injuries and displacement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to last year.