Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghanistan girls' school

The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP

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

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the suicide attack against the demonstrators as well as the bomb blasts near schools in Nangarhar.

Tuesday's bombing was one of the worst in Afghanistan for months but security officials have warned that similar attacks are likely if crowds gather for campaign rallies ahead of parliamentary elections in October.

Another 165 were wounded in the blast - one of the deadliest attacks this year - on Tuesday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said.

Violence across the country has intensified in recent weeks as the Taliban make gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks.

A number of dead bodies were directly taken to their homes by relatives and, therefore, not counted in Tuesday's figures, the official added.


The twin blasts took place an hour after a bomb exploded outside Biba Hawa girls' school in nearby Behsood district, Jalalabad education department spokesman Asif Shinwari said.

The Taliban has denied any involvement and so far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018.

The escalating violence has dampened hopes of peace talks to end Afghanistan's 17-year conflict but two Taliban officials on Tuesday told Reuters the movement was preparing for another meeting with United States officials following one in July.

In addition to the strikes against the protesters, three schools in the area were also hit. In January, a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in the capital Kabul killed at least 103.

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