Afghanistan: Blast at funeral kills 18, 13 injured

Map image, Jalalabad city, Afghanistan. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan Dec 31, 2017, 11.02 AM (IST)

An explosion killed 18 people with at least 13 injured at a funeral procession in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

According to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, the blast hit people gathered for the funeral of a former district governor.

No immediate responsibility for the attack has been claimed. 

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According to the deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, a rickshaw carrying explosives went off among people gathered for a funeral.

Initial reports suspected a suicide bomber behind the attack, however, the authorities now believe it to be a remotely-detonated explosion.

The explosion occured three days after Kabul was attacked by a suicide bombing that killed 41 people with at least 80 wounded.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted the Shi'ite cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday.

(With inputs from Reuters)