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Suicide Attack, Bombings Strike Eastern Afghanistan

11 Sep 2018 Radio Free Europe

At least eight people have been killed in a suicide attack in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, local officials say, and some reports said the death toll was more than 20.

In addition to the dead, 23 people were wounded in the bomb attack on the highway between the city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into Pakistan, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor, Attaullah Khoghani, said.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said at least 45 dead and wounded had been taken to local hospitals, and added that the casualty toll could rise.

Reuters cited officials as saying that at least 22 people were killed, and AP put the death toll at more than 20.

Local officials said the attack targeted a gathering to protest against a local police commander and that hundreds of people were present when a suicide attacker detonated explosives.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came hours after a double bombing in front of a girls' school in Jalalabad killed a boy and wounded four other people.

Jalalabad has been in recent months the scene of multiple suicide bombings and attacks that have killed dozens of people.

Both the Taliban and the extremist group Islamic State are active in the area.

With reporting by Reuters, AP and AFP

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