Fifteen dead in suicide attack on Afghan funeral: officials


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JALALABAD, Afghanistan: At least 15 people were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

“The latest death toll has jumped to 15 and 14 wounded,” Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

An earlier statement from the governor’s office said six people had been killed and 11 wounded.

The attacker struck during the funeral ceremony for a former governor of Haska Mina district who died recently of natural causes, the statement said.

Provincial health director Najib Kamawal confirmed the toll.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Nangarhar where the Islamic State group has a stronghold.

It comes days after IS claimed an assault on a cultural centre in Kabul that left 41 people dead and more than 80 wounded.—AFP