Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Quiet Yell

People are seen at site after a suicide blast ripped through a crowd of protesters in Nanganhar province of Afghanistan on September 11, 2018.

The bombs were reportedly hidden inside the schools as part of the planned attack.

Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, police chief of Nangarhar province, said people from Achin district had come to the Momandara district to block the main highway between the capital Jalalabad and the Torkham border with Pakistan.

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

Local officials said the wounded were taken to Jalalabad hospitals. Taliban insurgents, moreover active within the station, denied any feature within the bombings on Tuesday.The Islamic Train's remaining remaining stronghold in Afghanistan is within the southern segment of Nangarhar, where American and Afghan forces have utilized many operations against the neighborhood and diminished the station it controls.

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Qaderi said rescue efforts were being hampered by reports of another suicide bomber in the area, making police and emergency services cautious about approaching the scene.

The explosion at the protest followed a series of smaller blasts on Tuesday that targeted schools in Jalalabad and surrounding districts that were returning after summer breaks.

Meantime, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani confirmed the incident but failed to provide details, saying it is too early to reveal the details on casualties or kind of attack.

US air forces have conducted a number of strikes in northern Afghanistan as the fighting has picked up in recent days, with three strikes in Sar-e Pul on Monday, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan said.

Also in Nangarhar, at least one person was killed and four others wounded in a series of additional bomb blasts near different schools, said Khogyani.

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