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Suicide bomber strikes Afghan funeral, killing 15

People carry the coffin of a relative who died in Thursday’s suicide attack on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP)

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting the funeral of a local official has killed at least 15 people and wounded 13.

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of the eastern Nangarhar province, says the bomber set off his explosives vest among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief.

No one immediately claimed the attack. The Taliban and an ISIS affiliate are both active in Nangarhar and routinely target security forces and local officials.

It comes days after ISIS claimed an assault on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul that left 41 people dead and more than 80 wounded.

Backed by intensive US air strikes, Afghan forces have claimed growing success against the Taliban and other militant groups, including ISIS, but attacks on civilian targets have continued, causing heavy casualties.

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Last Update: Sunday, 31 December 2017 KSA 14:39 - GMT 11:39
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