32 killed, 128 injured in attack on protesters

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

People transfer an injured man to a local hospital after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangahar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2018.

A suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 68 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections.

The protesters had gathered to denounce Bilal Pacha, a police commander in the Nangarhar Province who they suspect of murder, robberies and maintaining a private prison, The New York Times reported.

Relatives and family members of Tuesday's victims have continued blocking the highway, according to local witnesses. Taliban insurgents, moreover active within the station, denied any feature within the bombings on Tuesday.The Islamic Train's remaining remaining stronghold in Afghanistan is within the southern segment of Nangarhar, where American and Afghan forces have utilized many operations against the neighborhood and diminished the station it controls.

The bomber struck in a crowd of people protesting against a local police chief in Nangarhar province near Pakistan.

Another 23 people were wounded in the attack, the provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khoghani said. A number of wounded people are in critical condition, he said.

Violence across the country has intensified in recent weeks as the Taliban make gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks.

The twin blasts took place an hour after a bomb exploded outside Biba Hawa girls' school in nearby Behsood district, Jalalabad education department spokesman Asif Shinwari said. That blast was later followed by two others in Behsud district, also near two schools. In January, a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in the capital Kabul killed at least 103.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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