Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

32 killed, 128 injured in attack on protesters

32 killed, 128 injured in attack on protesters

Two of the blasts occurred in Behsood district in early morning, killing a 14-year old boy and wounding three others, the provincial governor's spokesperson Attaullah Khogyanai was quoted as saying by Efe news.

Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, police chief of Nangarhar province, said people from Achin district had come to the Momandara district to block the main highway between the capital Jalalabad and the Torkham border with Pakistan.

A local affiliate of the Islamic State group has emerged in recent years and carried out brazen and increasingly deadly attacks, most often targeting civilians and the country's minority Shiite Muslims, who it views as apostates.

An Afghan wounded boy receives treatment at a hospital following multiple explosions in Jalalabad on September 11, 2018.

Witnesses told AFP the casualties were students from the boys' school.

The blast dispersed the crowd, but more people gathered after the explosion to continue the protest. In January, a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in the capital Kabul killed at least 103. The Taliban denied involvement.

Ashura, the most important Shiite observance, falls on the 10th day of Muharram and is often marred by deadly attacks.

But u.s. officials have met in July the taliban in Qatar.

Officials have said violence is likely to intensify before parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

The country's stretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.

In the past two days Taliban fighters killed almost 60 members of the security forces in a spate of attacks in the country's north and threatened a provincial capital for the second time in as many months.

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