Afghanistan: suicide bomb 'kills man celebrating release from Taliban'

Afghanistan: suicide bomb 'kills man celebrating release from Taliban'
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At least 13 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The blast appears to have targeted the home of a tribal elder, where a group had gathered to celebrate his son being released from Taliban captivity, local authorities reported.

The son was among those killed.

A spokesman for the provincial governor said the elder and at least 13 other people were wounded in the explosion.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, however a Taliban spokesman denied the group was involved.

Afghanistan has been the target of several bomb blasts in recent weeks, hindering the latest efforts to recommence a peace process with the Taliban.

A week earlier the self-titled Islamic State — or ISIL — claimed its first attack on a major town centre in Afghanistan. Its assault on the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad killed seven people.

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