Categories: Foreign

Suicide bomber kills 32 in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province

JALALABAD: 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.

PakistanToday

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

NSW legislators call for international action to relieve plight of Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD: Participants at a seminar called for urgent action by the international community to relieve the plight of the Kashmiri…

5 hours ago

Bahria Foundation to launch cruise service for local, foreign tourists

--Foundation will also build a huge 20-30km beach with huge resorts KARACHI: The Bahria Foundation, a civilian welfare body of…

5 hours ago

Land sought from Sindh for Naya Pakistan Housing Programme

KARACHI: Although tensions between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led federal government and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government are growing with each…

6 hours ago

Sanjrani-Fawad Tiff: Experts say Senate chairman enjoys powers to bar ministers from House

--Crisis averted as PM sends olive branch to Senate chairman --Raza Rabbani, Wasim Sajjad say chairman acted under rules ISLAMABAD: Although…

6 hours ago

Petition seeking PM Khan’s disqualification filed in the LHC

LAHORE: A petition has been filed Lawyer’s Foundation for Justice in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking disqualification of Prime Minister…

6 hours ago

PM Khan’s sister penalised over undeclared Dubai property

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan was penalised on her undeclared property in Dubai after which she paid half…

6 hours ago