Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Blasts near girls' schools in Afghanistan kill teen

Men shout slogans against terrorists after a suicide attack among the protesters in Momandara district of Nangarhar province Afghanistan Tuesday Sept. 11 2018. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest among a group of people protesting Afghan suicide bombing kills 68 in deadly month for attacks
Jeannette Daniel | 14 September, 2018, 10:33

He also asserted that the number of casualties might be higher as the blast was very powerful.

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

Local officials said bodies and wounded men were rushed to private and government hospitals.

The attack comes amid surge of strikes by the Islamic State and Taliban insurgents elsewhere in the country since last week in which more than 200 people have been killed.

The attack took place on Tuesday when an insurgent detonated the explosives he was carrying in his vest in the Momand Darah district, where a protest against a local police commander from the neighbouring Achin province was being held. The Taliban denied involvement.

Ghulam Mohammad Balkhi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan army's 209 Corps, said at least 30 Taliban fighters were killed in the joint operation.

"We went with other boys to see what had happened after we heard an explosion near the girls' school", 12-year-old Elyas told AFP from his hospital bed.

Men carry a dead body with a civilian vehicle in Momandara district of Nangarhar province Afghanistan Tuesday Sept. 11 2018. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern A

The fighting has tempered optimism that had been tentatively growing as Afghan and worldwide players ratchet up efforts to convince the Taliban to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict.

An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between USA officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July raised hopes that peace negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.

Officials have warned violence is likely to intensify ahead of parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

There has been speculation the two sides will meet again this month.

There are already concerns about widespread fraud.

Hundreds have died in a wave of recent attacks.

In early September, at least 20 people, including two journalists came on the scene, had been killed in a double bombing claimed by the EI for the shi'a community of the capital.

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