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Eleven civilians killed in Kunar suicide attack

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Eleven civilians were killed and at least 40 others wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up targeting a tribal elder Saturday in the eastern Kunar province, provincial officials said.

“The bomber detonated his explosives in front of a market located near the governor’s office and police headquarter in Assadabad city at 9:30am,” provincial spokesman Abdul Ghani Musammem told Afghanistan Times.

He said that the tribal elder Hajji Khanjan was among the killed.

“The injured were taken to the nearby health facilities and those with critical condition were transported to the adjacent province of Nangarhar.”

Musammem said that the target of the bomber was not clear, adding that the incident took place in a crowded area. But the reports say that Khanjan was the target.

The blast was so powerful as it shattered the windows of the nearby shops and damaged a number of cars, he said.

President Ashraf Ghani “strongly” condemned the attack, his office said.

“The president called attack on civilians an atrocity and a big crime that has no place in any religion,” it said in a statement.

The president said that government will not make peace negotiation with those groups targeting civilians, according to the statement.

Ghani emphasized that security will bravely continue combats against those who carry out terrorist activities.

Likewise Ministry of Interior called the attack an inhumane act by the enemies of Afghan people.

Nobody including Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kunar.

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