Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls' school

  • Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls' school

Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls' school

Khogyani said the suicide bomber detonated his vest as he approached a tent where protesters had gathered. Rod Nordland contributed reporting from Kabul.A version of this text looks in print on, on Net page A8 of the Unique York version with the headline: At Least 32 Die as Suicide Bomber Strikes Quiet Afghan Yell.

The bombing happened when a group from the district of Achin came to Momandara district to block the main highway between the capital Jalalabad and the Torkham border with Pakistan. The details of the complaint against the police chief were not immediately clear.

Afghanistan's parliamentary elections are due in October this year.

The provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, over 165 persons have also been injured in the bomb attack on protesters. The Taliban denied involvement.

The dead and wounded were rushed to several hospitals in the back of pickup trucks and ambulances, overwhelming doctors and nurses as they struggled to cope with the huge number of casualties.

Baqizoy compared the threat to the Taliban's extraordinary raid last month on the provincial capital of Ghazni - fighters held large parts of the city located just two hours from Kabul for days.

The death toll from Tuesday's blast soared overnight.

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.

US air forces have conducted a number of strikes in northern Afghanistan as the fighting has picked up in recent days, with three strikes in Sar-e Pul on Monday, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan said.

Two air strikes in Baghlan province on Tuesday followed six the day before and American advisers were on the ground supporting Afghan troops, the spokesman added.