At least 20 people were killed and 20 injured after a suicide bomber attacked a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad. According to Attahullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province said that the blast also damaged nearby shops and vehicles. The attack reported hours after President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated a hospital in the city. Soon after the blast, security officials cordoned off the area and ambulances were kept on high alert to transfer the wounded people to hospitals. Officials say that no terror group has claimed responsibility of the attack, but they suspect that the Taliban and Islamic State affiliate are active in the province.
In the recent times, attacks by Islamic extremists against the minority community, especially against Hindus and Sikhs, have been spiked in Afghanistan. In a separate incident that occurred in the northern Parwan province, at least 110 people have been hospitalized after drinking from a river.
Further speaking on the matter, head of the main hospital in Charakar, Abdul Khalil Farhangi said that it is yet to ascertain what caused them to become ill. But, the symptoms included vomiting and headaches.