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34 dead, 127 wounded in twin Jalalabad blasts

34 dead, 127 wounded in twin Jalalabad blasts

Apr 18, 2015 - 10:00

JALALABAD (Pajhwok):  A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Kabulinfo-icon Bank, leaving 34 persons dead and 127 others injured in Jalalabad City, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Saturday morning, a doctor at the provincial civil hospital said.

Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmed Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News that the suicide bomber was riding on motorbike which exploded his suicide vest in front of the bank. Children were among the fatalities.

But Dr. Najib Kamawal, director of Nangarhar Civil Hospital, confirmed 34persons dead and 127 wounded. He said a state of emergency had been declared at the hospital, with most of the injured were struggling for life.

Mohammad Ayub, an eye witness, said that many people gathered near the Bank’s checking point when the suicide attack took place. People rushed to the spot soon after the explosion. “Dozens of people are killed and wounded while ambulances have not reached to the spot to shift the victims so far”, he added.

The explosion took place in a busy market place on the first working day of the week.

Ameerzada, a reporter of Pajhwok Afghan News, said 40 wounded and dead were shifted in rickshaws and private cars to the hospital.

The second blast rocked the Dolki Baba Shrine, close to the department of information and culture.

Abdul Basir, another eyewitness, said the bomb was planted in bicycle near the municipality and Kabul Bank offices. Mehmood, a guard at the shrine, confirmed two children were wounded in the explosion.

Ahmed Zai Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the blasts but had no details into casualties to share. Col. Lutfullah Zaryab, a senior police officer, also confirmed the twin explosions but had no details.

An official in the provincial hospital wishing anonymity said that dozens of dead and wounded were brought in to the hospital, with most of the injured were in critical condition. He feared the death toll could surge.

People were asked to donate blood for victims of the blasts.

No group so far claimed credit for the attacks.



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