Afghanistan suicide bomb death toll rises


The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a protest gathering in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar has risen to 68, with 165 wounded, a government official said.

The suicide bomber set off explosives in a crowd of hundreds protesting on the main road to the border crossing into neighbouring Pakistan. They were protesting against a police commander.

The provincial governor’s spokesman, Attahullah Khogyani, issued a statement with a revised casualty total on Wednesday after earlier estimates put the death toll at 32.

The attack was one of the worst in Afghanistan for months with security officials warning similar attacks are likely if crowds gather for campaign rallies ahead of parliamentary elections in October.