A huge explosion kills at least 89 people in a crowded market in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Tragedy strikes eastern Afghanistan.
At least 89 people died when a car bomb explodes in a crowded market -- one of the year's most violent attacks.
The death toll is expected to rise, as authorities say dozens of people are trapped under shop roofs.
(SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) MOHIBULLAH SAMEEM, GOVERNOR OF PAKTIKA PROVINCE, SAYING:
"The enemies of Afghanistan detonated a car bomb in this area that martyred a huge number of our people and also wounded some of our youth. If you look at this destruction you will come to a conclusion that this action is against Islam, against humanity and against our territory."
The huge explosion rocked an area not far from a porous border with Pakistan.
It's there that the military has been attacking hideouts of the Pakistani Taliban, prompting militants to retreat towards Afghanistan.
Details are still emerging, but the Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
The movement's leader has ordered militants not to target civilians.