October 7, 2019 / 12:52 PM / 12 days ago

Security recruits targeted by suicide bomb in Afghanistan

An Afghan policeman inspects a damaged minibus after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan October 7, 2019.REUTERS/Parwiz

KABUL/JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, local government sources said.

The bomb detonated in a rickshaw-like vehicle, Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for provincial governor of Nangarhar, said. Casualties included recruits and civilians, including a child, local sources said.

Some of the wounded were in critical condition, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic State militants have carried a string of suicide bombings and attacks on government offices, schools, and aid groups in recent years in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s main city.

U.S. talks with the Taliban to withdraw troops and end the 18-year Afghan war were halted last month by U.S. President Donald Trump. Those talks were expected to lead eventually to discussions of a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan forces and stability for the country.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi in Kabul and Rafiq Sherzad in Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Writing by Rod Nickel in Kabul; Editing by Catherine Evans and Alison Williams

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