10 dead in Afghan sui­cide blast

Vic­tims were re­cruits for se­cu­rity force

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Ab­dul QADIR SEDIQ and RAFIQ SHERZAD Reuters

KABUL/JALAL­ABAD — A sui­cide bomb tar­geted a minibus of re­cruits for the Afghan se­cu­rity forces in the east­ern city of Jalal­abad on Mon­day, killing at least 10 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 27, lo­cal gov­ern­ment sources said.

The bomb det­o­nated in a rick­shaw-like ve­hi­cle, At­taullah Kh­ogyani, the spokesman for pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor of Nan­garhar, said. Ca­su­al­ties in­cluded re­cruits and civil­ians, in­clud­ing a child, lo­cal sources said.

Some of the wounded were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, Sohrab Qaderi, a mem­ber of the Nan­garhar pro­vin­cial coun­cil, said.

No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have car­ried a string of sui­cide bomb­ings and at­tacks on gov­ern­ment of­fices, schools, and aid groups in re­cent years in Jalal­abad, Nan­garhar’s main city.

U.S. talks with the Tal­iban to with­draw troops and end the 18-year Afghan war were halted last month by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Those talks were ex­pected to lead even­tu­ally to dis­cus­sions of a ceasefire be­tween the Tal­iban and Afghan forces and sta­bil­ity for the coun­try.

PARWIZ/REUTERS

An Afghan po­lice­man stands near a de­stroyed minibus yes­ter­day af­ter a sui­cide bomber killed at least 10 peo­ple and in­jured 27.

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