32 killed in suicide raid at Afghan border

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people at a gathering on Tuesday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into Pakistan, officials said.

By TT Bureau in Kabul
  • Published 12.09.18
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Kabul: A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people at a gathering on Tuesday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into Pakistan, officials said.

The blast, less than a week after a suicide attack killed more than 20 people in the capital, Kabul, came as violence has flared across the nation, with heavy fighting in northern provinces.

Officials have warned violence is likely to intensify ahead of parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attack, although the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement.

At least 32 bodies were taken to hospitals but the final total was unclear and could rise, said Inamullah Miakhel, a spokesman for the provincial health department.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, said at least 56 bodies were taken to hospital. The violence has dampened hopes of talks to end Afghanistan's 17-year conflict. Reuters

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