Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, injures more than 100


A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city’s police chief said on Saturday.

Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help, the police chief, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, told a news conference.

“It was a suicide attack,” Mr. Sherzad said, adding that police had yet to determine if the attacker had worn the explosives or had placed them in a car. “It is early to say what kind of suicide bomber.”

The Taliban denied responsibility.

“It was an evil act. We strongly condemn it,” the militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.

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