- Title: Security recruits targeted by suicide bomb in Afghanistan
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) AFGHAN SECURITY PERSONNEL GATHERING AT BLAST SITE / POLICE CARS PARKED VARIOUS OF DAMAGED MINIBUS AT SITE OF BLAST / SECURITY PERSONNEL STANDING SECURITY PERSONNEL WALKING TOWARD BLAST SITE (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) BLAST EYEWITNESS, WAHID ULLAH, SAYING: "I was standing in the area when a bomb exploded and right after that, I saw a number of people and children got injured." POLICE CAR LEAVING BLAST SITE VARIOUS OF POLICE TRUCK ARRIVING AT BLAST SITE SECURITY PERSONNEL GATHERING AT BLAST SITE / ARMOURED SECURITY VEHICLE ARRIVING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING A VICTIM INTO HOSPITAL BY A STRETCHER VICTIMS' RELATIVES AND PEOPLE GATHERED AT HOSPITAL COMPOUND
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 16:50
- Keywords: Afghanistan blast Nangarhar
- Location: NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
- City: NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03J8EF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar on Monday (October 7), killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, local government sources said.
The bomb detonated in a rickshaw-like vehicle, Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for provincial governor of Nangarhar, said. Casualties included recruits and civilians, including a child, local sources said.
Some of the wounded were in critical condition, said Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic State militants have carried a string of suicide bombings and attacks on government offices, schools, and aid groups in recent years in Jalalabad, Nangarhar's main city.
U.S. talks with the Taliban to withdraw troops and end the 18-year Afghan war were halted last month by U.S. President Donald Trump. Those talks were expected to lead eventually to discussions of a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan forces and stability for the country.
(Production: Mohammad Rafiq, Hameed Farzad, Sayed Hassi)
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