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12 killed, 38 injured in Jalalabad suicide attack against army bus

AT-Kabul: At least 12 people, mostly new recruits of Afghan army, were killed and 38 others injured on Monday afternoon when a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus carrying the personnel to capital Kabul.

Spokesman for Nangarhar Governor, Attaullah Khogyani, told Afghanistan Times that the attack was carried out by a bomber using a motorcycle full of explosive Monday at around 4:30 pm in Surkh-Road district of eastern Nangarhar province.

“12 of the recruits are martyred and 38 injured in today’s attack” Khogyanai said, adding all of them rushed to provincial hospital.

The hospital sources said some of the injured are in critical condition.

The bus was carrying the recruits to capital Kabul for training, Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack and said their bomber targeted the army bus on Kabul-Jalalabad road.

Both Afghan leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah “strongly condemned” the bombing and called it attack against the “innocent civilians.”

Abdullah said Afghans are eager for peace talks, but putting end to the civilian casualties is the main “condition” of government for the talks with armed rebel Afghan groups.

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