Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Death Toll Rises To 32 In Nangarhar Explosion

Death Toll Rises To 32 In Nangarhar Explosion

The incident, the fourth attack to hit the region on Tuesday, took place around 1 pm, when an insurgent detonated a bomb he was carrying in his vest in the Momand Darah district, said Attaullah Khogyanai, spokesperson for Nangarhar governor.

The suicide bomber set off explosives in a crowd of hundreds of people protesting on the main road to the border crossing into neighboring Pakistan.

"All people killed were civilians in the attack", Ataullah Khogyani, the governor's spokesman, told Al Jazeera.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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"So far 19 martyred and 57 injured in suicide attack", Inamullah Myakhil, spokesman for Nangarhar Public Health Department told Efe news.

Zar Khan, one of the injured, told AFP he saw a young man get out of a auto and run towards the protesters shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest). In a statement, he said "attacks on civilian facilities, mosques, women, children, are all crimes against humanity". In January, a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in the capital Kabul killed at least 103.

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The violence follows recent diplomatic efforts to end the lengthy war between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Officials have said violence is likely to intensify before parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

The country's already overstretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.

In recent days, Taliban fighters killed almost 60 members of the security forces in a spate of attacks in the country's north, and threatened a provincial capital for the second time in as many months.

After seizing a military base in Sar-e-Pul, Taliban fighters were closing in on the provincial capital in a situation that could result in "disaster" if reinforcements were not sent, the area's police chief Abdul Qayom Baqizoy warned on Monday.

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