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Dozens dead in Afghan bomb

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Dozens dead in Afghan bomb


A suicide bomb in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 33 people and injured more than a hundred.

The blast in the eastern city of Jalalabad appeared to target a bank where government workers collect their salaries, according to the city’s police chief.

Police also said they suspect that a second bomb went off as people rushed to help victims of the first blast. A third device found at the scene failed to explode and was later detonated by police under controlled conditions.

Taliban insurgents have denied involvement in Saturday’s attack although they have claimed responsibility for a wave of killings since the drawdown of foreign forces in the country.

Only a few thousand NATO troops are left in Afghanistan, down for a peak of 130,000 in 2012.

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