A Kabul car bombing targeting an Afghan senator on Sunday killed at least nine civilians, officials said.
According to Afghan Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi, lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak survived the blast but is among the 20 wounded, including women and children.
It is unclear whether the explosive was planted in a car parked on the route of the legislator or if a perpetrator was driving a vehicle with the bomb, Andarabi said.
No one assumed blame for the explosion.
In recent weeks, Afghanistan has seen a dramatic uptick in violence particularly bombings, as the Afghan government and the Taliban are holding talks to end the country’s nearly 20-year-long conflict.
Separate bombings in Logar, Nangarhar, Helmand and Badakhshan provinces were also recorded on Sunday, in which a number of civilians and members of the security forces were killed and wounded.
A suspected rickshaw bomb blast killed at least 15 civilians in central Ghazni province on Friday, including 11 girls.
In a statement, the Afghan Interior Ministry said the Taliban had killed 487 civilians and wounded 1,049 others over the past three months by carrying out 35 suicide attacks and 507 explosions throughout the region.