Afghan officials say a 12-year-old suicide bomber today killed four civilians and wounded a dozen others in an attack in the country's east.
The incident, involving what is thought to be one of the youngest-ever suicide bombers, is under investigation.
The attack took place in Paktika Province, near the country's border with Pakistan.
Afghanistan has seen an increase in suicide attacks in recent weeks as Afghan forces ready for a full takeover of security from international forces. The transition is set to begin in July.
The Taliban, meanwhile, have announced that their spring offensive starts today and warned civilians to avoid large crowds and military areas.
compiled from agency reports