Jalalabad: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said on Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country. The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he said. Another 20 people were wounded.
There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones. “It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man said. Ghani’s spokesman said the President was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger”. Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan. The attack came a day after Ghani ordered to resume operations against the Taliban.
60 Afghan girl students poisoned
- ￼More than 60 students of a girl school were mysteriously poisoned in Jabalus Saraj district of Afghanistan’s eastern Parwan province on Sunday, a police official said. The incident occurred in Zarbia Girl School on Sunday morning, said provincial police spokesman Salim Nuri without providing more details.
- ￼Meanwhile, Deputy Director of the Parwan’s Education Department Nizamudin Rahimi described the cause for poisoning as drinking toxic water from a nearby canal, saying all the affected students have been taken to a hospital in the provincial capital of Charikar. An investigation has been initiated.
- ￼Abdul Jalil, head of the Health Department in Charikar, said that the ailing students of a school had been taken to a hospital for medical treatment in Charikar on Sunday. Parts of Parwan province have been the scene of the Taliban-led insurgency over the past few years.