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Afghan army recruits targeted in Jalalabad bombing

At least 10 people were killed and 27 wounded Monday, October 7 when a bomb hit a bus carrying army recruits in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, an official told AFP.

A bomb had been left in a motorcycle that detonated as the bus passed, Nangarhar governor spokesperson Ataullah Khogyani said.

“Unfortunately, 10 civilians including a child were killed and 27 were wounded in this incident,” he said.

It was not immediately clear how many army recruits had been wounded, or if they were being counted as civilians.

Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the interior ministry, confirmed the toll.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Jalalabad is the scene of frequent attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State Khorasan Province.

The attack comes on the 18th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, when U.S. warplanes launched air strikes in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.


With reporting from AFP

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