Afghanistan: 19 killed in suicide bombing

Blast took place in eastern Momand Dara district close to Pakistan

Afghanistan: 19 killed in suicide bombing

A suicide blast ripped through a crowd of protesters in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people and leaving over 50 others wounded, an official confirmed.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said that the suicide attack took place on the main Torkham highway in Momand Dara district close to the crossing point with Pakistan.

He said the locals had gathered for a demonstration when the lone attacker detonated his explosives.

The local Salam Afghanistan radio reported that the residents of the Daka region were protesting against the local pro-government militia commander when the attack took place.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, however, the region is among the strongest bastions of the pro-ISIL militants in the country.

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