Deadly blast hits Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Official says at least 19 were killed after explosion hits central area in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

    Afghan security forces inspect the site of the blast [Parwiz/Reuters]
    Afghan security forces inspect the site of the blast [Parwiz/Reuters]

    At least 19 people, including 10 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority, have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to officials. 

    The blast on Sunday damaged shops and buildings around Mukhabarat square, said Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesperson.

    The bombing came hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated a hospital in the city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.

    Ghulam Sanayi Stanekzai, Nangarhar's police chief, said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who targeted a vehicle carrying members of the Sikh minority who were travelling to meet the president.

    Inaamullah Miakhel, a spokesman for the provincial health department of Nangarhar, said 19 people had been killed and 20 wounded. Officials said at least 10 of the dead were Sikhs.

    The casualty total might have been much higher had much of the city not been blocked off for the visit by Ghani, who was not in the area when the blast occurred, according to officials.

    Local media reported that security forces immediately cordoned off the site of the explosion as ambulances transferred victims to hospital.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.