Five dead in Afghan attacks: Officials

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At least five people have been killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan, officials say, raising further concerns about the fate of peace talks that have been suspended until at least next month.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, although a local Islamic State (IS) affiliate opposed to the peace process has continued to regularly target civilians and Afghan security forces.

The IS militants have even clashed with the larger and more well-established Taliban.

The Taliban have halted their attacks on international forces but continue to target Afghan security personnel, even as the insurgents have held talks this year with the US-backed government.

The Taliban attacked a police district headquarters in the western Farah province early on Monday, killing one policeman and wounding three others, according to Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

He said the attack began when a suicide bomber was shot by police. The bomber's vehicle exploded and gunmen opened fire.

In the eastern Ghazni province, two employees of the provincial revenue agency were shot and killed, according to Ahmad Khan Serat, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

In the eastern Khost province, a roadside bomb killed a member of the security forces and wounded two other people, including a provincial council member, Kafel Rayan, head of the provincial council, said.

Separate explosions in the capital Kabul left at least one person dead and several wounded, according to police.

One bomb attack targeted employees of the National Statistics Authority, who were in a mini-bus in the Guzargah neighbourhood.

The explosion killed one person and wounded at least 13 others, according to Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, who said the bomb had been placed on a bicycle.

Earlier, a sticky bomb blew up a vehicle belonging to security forces in the Kolola Pushta area of the city, Faramarz said.

Witnesses said two people, including a civilian and a member of the security forces, were wounded in the attack.