Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

Lamar Ellis
September 14, 2018

The escalating violence has dampened hopes of peace talks to end Afghanistan's 17-year conflict but two Taliban officials on Tuesday told Reuters the movement was preparing for another meeting with U.S. officials following one in July.

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a protest gathering in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday has risen to 68, with 165 wounded, a government official said.

Gul Majid was among scores of protesters blocking the highway between the provincial capital of Jalalabad and a major Pakistan border crossing when he "heard a big bomb". The wounded were cared for in the corridors, the more seriously ill were transported to the central hospital in Jalalabad.

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Khogyani said the suicide bomber detonated his vest as he approached a tent where protesters had gathered. The Taliban denied involvement. That higher death toll was not confirmed.

Nangarhar, one of the main strongholds of Daesh terror group since early 2015, has been one of the most volatile regions this year, with a string of suicide bombings and attacks on its capital, Jalalabad. That blast was later followed by two others in Behsud district, also near two schools. Rod Nordland contributed reporting from Kabul.A version of this text looks in print on, on Net page A8 of the Unique York version with the headline: At Least 32 Die as Suicide Bomber Strikes Quiet Afghan Yell. An hour later, there used to be a blast from a automobile stuffed with explosives cease to the gym, which killed emergency provider staff, journalists and civilians on the scene of the principle bombing.Taliban insurgents are accountable for a variety of the rising assortment of casualties across Afghanistan. A statement released Tuesday from Ghani's office quoted him as saying that "attacks on civilian facilities, mosques, women, children, are all crimes against humanity".

A 14-year-old student was killed and four others wounded in the first attack, he said.

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