Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

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The blast hit the funeral ceremony for a former district chief of the Haskma Mena district, Wali Gul, in Jalalabad, local media reports said.

Initially, officials stated a suicide bomber was responsible for the attack, but later said the explosive device was attached to a motorcycle and detonated remotely.

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor, said around 13 other people were wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Nangarhar where Daesh has a stronghold. The Taliban insurgents who spearhead the insurgency against Afghan and USA -led troops in the country denied having a link to the attack.

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Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a bomb exploded in a crowded neighbourhood in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Saturday, wounding 12 people, according to General Abdul Raziq Qaderi, the deputy provincial police chief.

That followed a Christmas Day attack, also claimed by Daesh, near an Afghan intelligence agency compound in the Afghan capital that left six civilians dead.

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