by Ayaz Gul VOA
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed car near a security checkpoint in southeastern Afghanistan Sunday evening, killing at least 20 people and wounded many others, local media and hospital officials reported.
The bombing in the Khost province happened in a crowded area. Most of the victims are said to be civilians. The incident happened not far from an American military base in the Afghan province, which borders Pakistan.
It was not immediately clear if the Taliban was behind the attack. It has claimed responsibility for similar bombings.
The suicide bombing comes just days after senior Taliban leaders met with representatives of the Afghan government in neighboring Pakistan to discuss ways to bring an end to hostilities in Afghanistan. The groundbreaking talks were the first time the Taliban and Afghan government officials came in direct contact in 13 years.