Suicide bomber kills 14 in eastern Afghan city

At least 14 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck the home of a prominent politician in Jalalabad Sunday, officials said, in the second deadly attack in the eastern Afghan city in less than a week.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the bombing, which also left 13 people wounded on the eve of a new round of four-country negotiations aimed at restarting peace talks with the insurgents.

The carnage came during a “jirga”, an assembly of tribal leaders, at the home of politician Obaiduallah Shinwari, who escaped unscathed.

“Fourteen people were killed and 13 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the house of Shinwari,” said Najibullah Kamawal, the health director of Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital.

 

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