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Death toll in Jalalabad explosion rises to 12

01 Jul 2018 Al Jazeera

At least 12 people have been killed in an explosion in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, according to witnesses and provincial government officials. 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had visited the city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, hours before Sunday's explosion, which damaged shops and buildings around Mukhaberat square.

Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesperson. said the blast killed at least 12 people and wounded 20 others.

Officials said the casualty total might have been much higher had much of the city not been blocked off for the visit by Ghani, who was not in the area when the blast occurred.

Local media reported that security forces immediately cordoned off the area as ambulances transferred the victims to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, the latest to have struck Jalalabad.

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