Suicide bomber kills 25 at funeral
A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, in the latest large-scale attack on civilians.
A local district chief and dozens of his relatives were at the ceremony in the Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border, when a man detonated a vest he was wearing packed with explosives, officials said.
They said Dur Baba district chief Haji Hamesha Gul, who was wounded in the attack, was probably the main target.
“My brother saw the bomber and grabbed him just as he pushed the button, killing him and many others,” Gul said from a hospital bed in Jalalabad.
The interior ministry blamed Taliban insurgents for the bombing.– (Reuters)