Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

A bombing has targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people.

However, Attaullah Khoghyani, a spokesman for provincial governor said that it was a suicide attack in which killed 15 people and wounded 14 others. Earlier this week, a blast claimed by the IS killed 41 people in a Shiite cultural center in Kabul.

The explosion happened during the funeral ceremony for a former governor of Haska Mina district who died recently of natural causes, a statement from the governor's office said.

The Taliban has denied any involvement.

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of the eastern Nangarhar province, says the bomber set off his explosives vest among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. However, an official said the Islamic State was to blame.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Provincial health director Najib Kamawal confirmed the new toll. IS also claimed responsibility for the attack.

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