Suicide bomb kills six Afghan civilians

A suicide explosion killed at least six civilians in eastern Afghanistan Sunday and wounded 13 others.

The bomber was riding a motorcycle and apparently wanted to reach a large-scale pro-government demonstration in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. But the Afghan security forces intercepted him away from the scene, so he detonated a bomb tied to his body.

Provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani justified the casualties, and told the VOA a woman and a child were among the victims killed. There has been no claim of responsibility for the violence.

The attack came a day after a suicide attacker killed two members of Afghan security forces in Jalalabad and wounded 10 others. ISIS claims responsibility for the violence.

The terrorist group based in the Middle East called its operation in Afghanistan IS-Khorasan Province (IS-KP) and has recently stepped up attacks in the country, killing several people. The group is active mainly in some districts of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan.

Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani said ISIS militants were in turmoil in Afghanistan with rising air and ground attacks against the terrorist group. [as/ii]

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