12 Killed In Suicide Attack On Afghan Security Forces: Officials
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12 Killed In Suicide Attack On Afghan Security Forces: Officials

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A suicide attacker blew himself up near an Afghan security forces vehicle on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people, mostly civilians, officials said, in the latest deadly violence to rock the country.

The explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad also left at least five people wounded and set a nearby petrol station alight, the provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

Some of the victims were brought to hospital with severe burns, health director Najibullah Kamawal said, confirming the casualty toll.

"I saw a big ball of fire that threw people away. The people were burning," Esmatullah, who witnessed the incident, told AFP.

Tolo News posted a video online purportedly showing several burned-out vehicles and gutted shops at the scene of the attack.

The ISIS claimed the attack via its Amaq propaganda agency -- the latest carried out by the terrorists in restive Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan.

ISIS has claimed a series of high-casualty suicide bomb attacks in the province in recent weeks, as US and Afghan forces continue offensive operations against the group.

While the Taliban is Afghanistan's largest terrorist group, ISIS has a relatively small but potent presence mainly in the east and north of the country.

Tuesday's attack comes a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed "hope" for peace talks between the Afghan government and Tali...

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