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The Latest: Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan Kills 10

The Latest: Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan Kills 10

Sunday, 17 June 2018 07:38 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

An Afghan official says a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad has killed at least 10 people.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, says the attack took place near the governor's compound on Sunday, as Taliban fighters, Afghan security forces and civilians were celebrating the third day of a holiday cease-fire.

A similar attack in Jalalabad on Saturday killed at least 36 people.

No one has claimed the attacks, but they appear to be the work of the Islamic State group, which is not included in the cease-fire and has clashed with the Taliban in the past.

11:30 a.m.

An Afghan official says the death toll from a suicide bombing against a gathering of Taliban fighters celebrating a holiday cease-fire has risen to 36.

Najibullah Kamawal, director of the health department in the eastern Nangarhar province, says another 65 people were wounded in Saturday's attack.

The bomber targeted a gathering of fighters who were celebrating a three-day truce coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday. No one immediately claimed the attack, but it was likely carried out by the Islamic State group, which was not included in the cease-fire and has clashed with the Taliban in the past.

After the attack, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a nine-day extension of the cease-fire. There was no immediate word from the Taliban on whether they would observe the extension.

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