Published: Fri, September 14, 2018

Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attack.

The Nangarhar health department confirmed the toll.

A number of dead bodies were directly taken to their homes by relatives and, therefore, not counted in Tuesday's figures, the official added.

Zar Khan, one of the injured, told AFP he saw a young man get out of a auto and run towards the protesters shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest).

"Another explosion hit us and I was wounded (in the leg)".

"The majority of civilian casualties occurred in the Mohmandara district of Nangarhar when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives among a crowd which had gathered to demonstrate against an Afghan Local Police commander". However a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied in a WhatsApp message that the neighborhood had played any feature within the assaults on Tuesday.The Islamic Train has vowed to assault colleges within the province in retaliation for American bombing campaigns against their forces.Zabihullah Ghazi reported from Jalalabad, and Fahim Abed from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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

Ashura, the most important Shiite observance, falls on the 10th day of Muharram and is often marred by deadly attacks.

The violence follows recent diplomatic efforts to end the lengthy war between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

But u.s. officials have met in July the taliban in Qatar.

Officials have warned violence is likely to intensify ahead of parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

A part of the taliban based in neighboring Pakistan has indicated to the AFP that he hoped to have further discussions "soon" and rumors are that a new dialogue between the two parties this month.

The country's stretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.

There are already concerns about widespread fraud.

32-died a few hours after the attack, the macabre balance sheet has more than doubled Wednesday.

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