Death Toll Rises To 32 In Nangarhar Explosion

Afghanistan Suicide attack in Nangarhar kills 22 near Pakistan border crossing

At Least 32 Killed In Suicide Attack On Protesters In Eastern Afghanistan

A suicide attack on protesters and a bomb blast in front of a girl's school in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people on Tuesday as a recent wave of attacks across the country continued. That higher death toll was not confirmed.

Scores of demonstrators had blocked the highway between the provincial capital of Jalalabad and a major Pakistan border crossing in protest over the appointment of a local police chief when the suicide bomber blew himself up.

In late August, two people died and four were injured in a suicide attack during a protest near a provincial office of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan.

The provincial governor's spokesman, Attahullah Khogyani, issued a statement with a revised casualty total on Wednesday after earlier estimates put the death toll at 32.

The blast dispersed the crowd, but more people gathered after the explosion to continue the protest.

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There were no claims of responsibility for the attacks in Jalalabad, where nearly all recent bombings and militant raids against civilian and educational facilities have been claimed by Islamic State. The Taliban, the country's largest insurgency, denied involvement.

The deadly suicide attack came hours after multiple bombings targeted schools in Nangarhar's capital, Jalalabad.

The escalating violence has dampened hopes of peace talks to end Afghanistan's 17-year conflict but two Taliban officials on Tuesday told Reuters the movement was preparing for another meeting with US officials following one in July.

A 12-year-old boy was killed and several children and adults were wounded by a secondary blast that hit first responders and families rushing to the scene of the explosion.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack in a statement and said it was voicing its mounting concern at the pattern of attacks targeting civilians and schools.

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