Suicide bomber kills 32 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province

Published September 11, 2018
The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP
The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP
An Afghan wounded boy receives treatment at a hospital following multiple explosions in Jalalabad on Tuesday. — AFP
An Afghan wounded boy receives treatment at a hospital following multiple explosions in Jalalabad on Tuesday. — AFP

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 25 and wounding about 130, a provincial official said.

“Around four hundred people gathered for the protest and the bomber detonated his vest full of explosive among the crowd,” said Captain Qais Saifi, an official at Nangarhar province police headquarters.

Gen Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, police chief of Nangarhar province, said people from Achin district had come to the Momandara district to block the main highway between the capital Jalalabad and the Torkham border with Pakistan.

Stanikzai said locals had gathered to complain about a local police commander and the suicide bomber targeted them. It was unclear whether the attacker knew the nature of the protest.

Also in Nangarhar, at least one person was killed and four others wounded in a series of additional bomb blasts near different schools, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Khogyani said the first bomb detonated near a school in the provincial capital Jalalabad. That blast was later followed by two others in Behsud district, also near two schools.

A 14-year-old student was killed and four others wounded in the first attack, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but both Taliban insurgents and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar province.

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