Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

32 killed, 128 injured in attack on protesters

32 killed, 128 injured in attack on protesters

It is common in Afghanistan that the provincial or government do not agree on the balance of victims in terrorist attacks or disasters, or as balance sheets evolve in the following days.

At least 19 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up among protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, an official said, in the latest violence to hit the country.

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".

Local officials said the attack targeted a gathering to protest against a local militia commander and said hundreds of people were present when the blast occurred.

The Islamic State terror organization sprang up in Afghanistan in 2015 and established a stronghold in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which has witnessed a large number of attacks in recent weeks.

"All people killed were civilians in the attack", Ataullah Khogyani, the governor's spokesman, told Al Jazeera.

The blast dispersed the crowd, but more people gathered after the explosion to continue the protest.

The Taliban denied any involvement.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the suicide attack against the demonstrators in Nangarhar.

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

In all three blasts, the attackers targeted schools for girls, said provincial council member Zabihullah Zmarai.

A suicide bomber attacked a protest in the district Mohmand Gift.

Reports earlier on Tuesday spoke about a chain of explosions near three schools in Nangarhar.

Ghulam Mohammad Balkhi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan army's 209 Corps, said at least 30 Taliban fighters were killed in the joint operation.

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