Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken another provincial capital, the southern city of Kandahar in the province with the same name.
What exactly did the soldiers killed under my command die for?
"At first, my husband refused to let me drive, and I had to fight to convince him."
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack underlined the steadily deteriorating security in much of the country.
The country has experienced a steady increase in attacks since international troops ended combat operations in 2014.
While initially I was wary of performing that morning, that show will remain the pinnacle of my career. Of all the hours I've spent cajoling strangers into smiling, that one held more meaning than any other.
By Wednesday evening Afghan time, nine attackers were killed and one wounded. One remaining attacker was still battling security forces.