Afghan official: Taliban attacks kill 8 in country's north

Afghans inspect the site of a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. A suicide bomber on Tuesday struck the home of a candidate in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, that are to be held later this month, killing the candidate and seven other people, a provincial official said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)
Campaign posters for parliamentary candidate are displayed over a street for the upcoming election, as a woman waits for transportation in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says attacks by the Taliban in the country's north have killed eight people — four soldiers and four civilians.

Military spokesman Hanif Rezaie says the troops died in Kunduz province when the Taliban attacked a military outpost in the district of Archi on Friday morning. He says six were wounded in the assault.

Rezaie says the civilians were killed on Thursday, when a car bomb targeting an election campaign headquarters in Faryab province exploded prematurely.

He says several Taliban fighters died in both incidents.

Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Oct. 20. The campaign has already been marred by violence.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber struck the home of an election candidate in the city of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, killing the candidate and seven others.

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