Death toll from Afghanistan blast rises to 68

Kabul, 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.

Officials and elders said Tuesday’s attack targeted a gathering to protest against a police commander.

The blast scattered the crowd numbering hundreds of people, but more gathered after the explosion to continue the protest. The details of the complaint against the police chief were not immediately clear.

The bombing, less than a week after a suicide attack killed more than 20 people in the capital Kabul, took place as violence has flared across the nation, with heavy fighting in northern provinces.

Officials have said violence is likely to intensify before parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. The Taliban denied involvement.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said 32 people were dead and 128 were wounded in the blast but Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, said at least 56 bodies were taken to hospital, with 43 more wounded. That higher death toll was not confirmed.

Source- Reuters

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