Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP

The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says Wednesday that 165 others were wounded in the attack a day earlier.

The blast scattered the crowd numbering hundreds of people, but more gathered after the explosion to continue the protest.

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. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the local provincial council, said at least 45 dead and wounded had been taken to local hospitals but added that the toll could rise.

The Taliban denied any involvement.

Scores of demonstrators had blocked the highway between the provincial capital of Jalalabad and a major border crossing with Pakistan in protest over the appointment of a local police chief when the suicide bomber blew himself up.

The attack was one of the worst in Afghanistan for months.


An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018.

"I feel profound indignation at this latest wave of attacks deliberately targeting civilians", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the senior United Nations official in Afghanistan in a statement.

"Two blasts happened just outside Malika Humaira Girl High School in Behsood district and a third was near another girls' school in Jalalabad city", he said.

There were no reports of USA strikes in Sar-e Pul on Tuesday but there were three strikes on Monday, a spokesman for United States forces in Afghanistan said in an emailed statement.

Also in Nangarhar, at least one person was killed and four others wounded in a series of additional bomb blasts near different schools, said Khogyani.

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