Afghanistan: Sui­cide bombers kills 32 in

The Miracle - - Font Page - Source: Al-Jazeera

A sui­cide at­tack on pro­test­ers and a bomb blast in front of a girl’s school in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 peo­ple on Tues­day as a re­cent wave of at­tacks across the coun­try con­tin­ued. A sui­cide bomber tar­geted a group of men de­mand­ing the dis­missal of a lo­cal po­lice com­man­der in Nan­garhar province’s Achin district, Ataullah Kh­ogyani, the gover­nor’s spokesman, told Al Jazeera. Thirty-two peo­ple died and at least 130 peo­ple were wounded in the blast. “All peo­ple killed were civil­ians in the at­tack,” Kh­ogyani said, adding a num­ber of wounded were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.Lo­cal me­dia re­ported hun­dreds of pro­test­ers from Achin district gath­ered in Mohmand Dara district near the Jalal­abad-Torkham high­way when the bomber det­o­nated ex­plo­sives. The rea­son for the demon­stra­tion against the po­lice chief was not im­me­di­ately clear. The deadly sui­cide at­tack came hours af­ter mul­ti­ple bomb­ings tar­geted schools in Nan- garhar’s cap­i­tal, Jalal­abad. One blast went off at the en­trance of Ma­lika Omaira girls’ school in the morn­ing, killing a 14-year-old boy and wound­ing four other peo­ple. It was fol­lowed by two ex­plo­sions in Behsud district, also near two schools. Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani con­demned the sui­cide at­tack among the pro­test­ers, as well as the school bomb­ings in Nan­garhar. The Tal­iban de­nied any in­volve­ment in the at­tacks and no other group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the vi­o­lence. Nan­garhar has been a main strong­hold of Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) fight­ers since early 2015. A num­ber of at­tacks across Afghanistan in re­cent weeks have killed hun­dreds of civil­ians and prom­i­nent jour­nal­ists. Twin bomb­ings at a sports club in the cap­i­tal Kabul last Wed­nes­day killed at least 20 peo­ple and wounded 70 oth­ers. Two jour­nal­ists - a re­porter and cam­era­man - work­ing for lo­cal Tolo News were among the dead. On Sun­day, a sui­cide bomber det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives close to a pro­ces­sion com­mem­o­rat­ing the death of a for­mer anti-Soviet and anti-Tal­iban com­man­der, Ahmed Shah Mas­soud, killing at least seven peo­ple and wound­ing 24. A cease­fire in June be­tween the Tal­iban and the gov­ern­ment - as well as talks be­tween US of­fi­cials and Tal­iban rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Qatar in July - raised hopes the 17-year con­flict could end with ne­go­ti­a­tions, but the coun­try has seen a rise in deadly at­tacks that have tar­geted civil­ians.

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