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Afghanistan attack: Nangarhar suicide blast toll soars

Afghanistan attack: Nangarhar suicide blast toll soars
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A man who was injured in a twin suicide bomb blasts, that targeted girl's schools, receive medical attention at a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 11 September 2018. Image copyright EPA Image caption The death toll from Tuesday’s suicide bombing soared overnight

A suicide bombing in east Afghanistan has killed at least 68 people, officials say, in one of the deadliest insurgent attacks in recent months.

The bomber struck in a crowd of people protesting against a local police chief in Nangarhar province near Pakistan.

The death toll from Tuesday’s blast soared overnight. Another 165 people were injured – local hospitals struggled to cope with the casualties.

Hundreds have died in a wave of recent attacks. Elections are due in October.

No group has said it carried out the suicide bombing in the crowd of protesters in Nangarhar’s Momand Dara district, but Islamic State militants are active in the province.

Earlier, five people were injured in two bomb attacks near a school in the same province.

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

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