Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, told Anadolu Agency that the attack took place on the outskirts of Jalalabad city in Muqam Khan neighborhood, where the locals had gathered for the funeral prayers of a district governor in the afternoon.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the "barbaric attack" in a statement, calling it an "inhumane" act.

The death toll in Kabul's PD9 explosion has risen to 20, while 30 others injured in the blast.

I.S. say the bomber, with an explosive belt, was targetting "a gathering of Afghan intelligence and police".




The attack happened near the U.S. Embassy where security personnel are reported to have been carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol.

On December 29, Afghan authorities said at least 41 people were killed and 84 wounded by multiple bomb blasts at a Shi'ite cultural center in Kabul.

25 people were also wounded in the attack. No group has yet claimed that attack.

Despite increased security measures, Kabul has become one of the deadliest places for civilians in war-torn Afghanistan in recent months due to increased Taliban attacks and IS attempts to expand its influence in the country.

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