LALALABAD: A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad caused 33 lives and leaving up to 100 injured outside a bank where government workers collect salaries.
According to police chief, ‘it was a suicide attack’, and the police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help. Police said that they could not yet determine if the attacker had worn the explosive or had placed them in a car. The police chief said that ‘it would be early to say what kind of suicide bomber was.’
Taliban insurgents denied their involvement in the incident, although they have claimed earlier killings in a series of attacks coinciding with the quick drawdown of foreign troops.
‘It was an evil act. We strongly condemn it,’ the Islamist militants’ spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid told Reuters.
As stated by the police, a third blast that shook Jalalabad was controlled detonation after experts found out another bomb close to the place of the first explosion.
Earlier this month, a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and injured 40 others, that also include a well-known lawmaker, at an anti-corruption rally in eastern Afghanistan.