Afghanistan: 19 killed in suicide bombing

By Shadi Khan Saif

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) – A suicide blast ripped through a crowd of protesters in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people and leaving over 50 others wounded, an official confirmed.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, told Anadolu Agency the suicide attack took place on the main Torkham highway in Momand Dara district close to the crossing point with Pakistan.

He said the locals had gathered for a demonstration when the lone attacker detonated his explosives.

The local Salam Afghanistan radio reported that the residents of the Daka region were protesting against the local pro-government militia commander when the attack took place.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, however, the region is among the strongest bastions of the pro-Daesh militants in the country.