Dozens feared dead in Afghanistan suicide bomb attack

Bomber drives explosive-laden motorcycle at crowd outside bank

 

A suicide bomb attack on a bank branch in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 30 people.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, said that more than 80 people were also wounded in the attack in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

“There are reports of many wounded people in critical condition at the hospital,” Mr Abdulzai said.

The attacker detonated an explosive-laden motorcycle, targeting a crowd of both military personnel and civilians who were gathered outside the bank to receive their monthly salaries. The bank branch is located in the heart of a crowded commercial district.

Another blast was reported near a shrine in Jalalabad but no one was hurt. A third blast was also heard in Jalalabad but it was later reported as a controlled explosion by the Afghan army in Nangarhar, Mr Abdulzai said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.