Suicide bomber kills 13 in Jalalabad
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: A suicide bomber killed 13 people in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday at the home of a tribal elder when people had gathered to celebrate his son's release from Taliban captivity, local officials said.
The son was killed and at least 14 people, including his father, were wounded in the attack, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on his Twitter page denied responsibility for the attack.
Ataullah Khyogani, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government, said Sunday that the attacker detonated his explosives around 10:30 am at the residential compound of Obaidullah Shinwari.
Shinwari is a member of Nangarhar's provincial council and his family is active in local and national politics.
Khyogani says a guesthouse on the compound was crowded with people invited to a family event.
"The number of casualties is likely to increase because there were so many people there," Khyogani says.
There have been several bomb blasts in Afghanistan over recent weeks at a time when efforts are underway to restart a peace process with the Taliban.
Islamic State in the same city last week claimed their first attack on a major urban centre in Afghanistan with an assault on the Pakistani consulate that killed seven people.