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At Least 7 Dead, 13 Injured in Afghanistan Blast

KABUL – At least seven people have died and 13 injured in an attack on Sunday near a place where supporters of the Afghan president were gathering in the province of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan, an official told EFE.

A suicide bomber placed explosives on his motorcycle and detonated them at around 1:30 pm (0900 GMT) in the center of the capital of the province, Jalalabad, provincial government spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani told EFE.

The attacker and six civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed in the attack, the official said.

Supporters of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had gathered nearby to show their support of the government, although the gathering was not affected by the blast.

So far no organization has claimed responsibility.

Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, is considered the bastion of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, apart from having a strong Taliban presence.

Since the end of NATO’s combat mission in January 2015, Kabul has been losing ground to insurgency and now controls only 57 percent of the country, according to the Special General Inspector for Reconstruction of Afghanistan (SIGAR) of the United States Congress.

 

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