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Politician's home hit by deadly blast

17 January 2016, 16:54

Kabul - A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the house of an influential tribal elder in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people, officials said.

Fourteen others were also wounded in Sunday's attack in the city of Jalalabad, a hospital official told Al Jazeera.

Ataullah Khyogani, spokesperson for the Nangarhar provincial government, said the attacker detonated his explosives at about 10:30 local time at the residential compound of Obaidullah Shinwari.

Shinwari is a member of Nangarhar's provincial council and his family is active in local and national politics.

Khyogani said a guesthouse on the compound was crowded with people invited to a family event.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group was not responsible for Sunday's attack.

The compound is close to the Pakistani consulate, targeted last week in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

- Aljazeera


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