ISIL blamed for Afghanistan attack

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ISIL blamed for Afghanistan attack

<p>Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed <span class="caps">ISIL</span> for Saturday’s (April 18) suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Ghani condemned the attack as a “cowardly and heinous terrorist act.” </p> <p>Shahidullah Shahid, who claims to be a spokesman for IS, said online that the militant group was behind the blast. Before joining IS, Shahid was a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban. </p> <p>If confirmed, the deadly attack would mark the first time <span class="caps">ISIL</span> has struck inside Afghanistan. </p> <p>At least 33 people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a bank where government workers collect their salaries. </p> <p>Over a hundred others were injured and survivors were taken to nearby Nangarhar Provincial Hospital in central Jalalabad. </p> <p>Afghan National Army officer Shir Aqha narrowly escaped the blast and was at the hospital being treated for minor injuries. </p> <p>“I had received my salary, I was not in the line, then a motorbike came in and I think a man in a suit went into the crowd and detonated his explosives,” he said. “I heard two explosions. I can’t remember what happened after that.”</p> <p>Children and civilians were among the victims. Doctors say that those who were critically injured will be transfered to a military hospital in the capital Kabul.</p>