Suicide blast kills at least 13 in eastern Afghanistan

17 Jan, 2016 7:30 pm

JALALABAD (92 News) – A suicide bomber killed 13 people in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday at the home of a tribal elder when people had gathered to celebrate his son’s release from Taliban captivity, local officials said.

The son was killed and more than a dozen others, including his father, were wounded in the attack, according to a spokesman for the provincial governor.

“So far we have received 13 people martyred in today’s attack and 14 others wounded. Three people among those wounded are in critical conditions but the rest of them are in a good condition and doctors are providing treatment for them,” said Najeeb Kamawal, head of Jalalabad regional hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on his Twitter page denied responsibility for the attack.

There have been several bomb blasts in Afghanistan over recent weeks at a time when efforts are underway to restart a peace process with the Taliban.

Islamic State in the same city last week claimed their first attack on a major urban centre in Afghanistan with an assault on the Pakistani consulate which killed seven people.

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