Hundreds of people had assembled at two venues inside the presidential palace complex to watch the swearing-in ceremonies for President Ashraf Ghani and challenger Abdullah Abdullah, when the blasts were heard, prompting some to flee.
"Taliban fighters attacked at least three army outposts in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz last night, killing at least 10 soldiers and four police."
The violence has cast a pall on the nascent Afghan peace process, with the insurgents clashing with Kabul over a prisoner exchange ahead of talks that are due to begin on March 10.
Activists want negotiators to write in guarantees up front that provisions on Islamic principles can't be used to later violate those rights.
"It is a significant step forward by US and Taliban in advancing the ultimate aim of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan."
Agreement is expected to lead to a dialogue between the Taliban and the Kabul government that, if successful, could ultimately see an end to the grinding 18-year conflict
Russia has deployed in force into Syria, where both Obama and Trump resisted calls for greater intervention to try to stop President Bashar al-Assad's brutal crushing of opposition.
"Should, intra-Afghan peace dialogues progress, the US will reduce our force posture as appropriate, based on conditions on the ground."
The Congress leader alleged that India's exports of USD 761 million of steel to the US fell by 50 pc to USD 372 million as the Trump Government hiked tariffs on import by 25 pc.
Top sources involved in the negotiations between the US and the Taliban in Qatar, told IANS that the two sides have agreed to sign the peace deal on February 29, just four days after President Donald Trump concludes his trip to India.
Afghanistan has been ravaged by war since the 2001 invasion of a US-led coalition that brought down the Taliban regime.
Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan with a harsh version of Islamic law from 1996 to 2001 and hosted Osama bin Laden as he masterminded the 9/11 attacks.
It wasn't immediately clear if the gunman was an insurgent infiltrator or rogue Afghan military personnel.
"We are working to finally end America's longest war and bring our troops back home."
The top diplomat added that the goal of peace and stability will need to be achieved via "negotiations of, by and among the Afghans".
Earlier this month, over 60 civilians were killed or wounded in a US drone attack targeting a top Taliban splinter-group commander in western Afghanistan.