At least six people have been killed and 14 others wounded after a suicide bomber, believed to be in his early teens, targeted a wedding celebration in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, according to local officials.
There were fears the death toll could rise as 14 wounded people were rushed to hospital Parwiz/Reuters
The attacker set off his explosives early on Friday inside the house of a pro-government commander in Pachir Aw Agam district, police official Fayz Mohammad Babarkhil said.
“The explosion happened at the wedding of commander Malak Tor’s nephew, specifically at the time when food was being served and many people had gathered in one place,” Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, told Al Jazeera.
“Among the six dead is Tor himself and one child.”
Khogyani said that 14 people were rushed to hospital, revising down an earlier toll of 40 wounded people.
Local residents told Reuters news agency that at least 10 people were killed in the blast.
Pro-government militias often work with overstretched Afghan security forces to prevent territories falling into the hands of the Taliban.
The Taliban, who has pledged to try to reduce civilian casualties, denied responsibility for the attack.
The affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has a strong presence in Nangarhar.
Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police vehicle in Nangarhar’s capital, Jalalabad, killing at least three officers and six civilians and wounding another 13 people.
ISIL claimed responsibility for that attack.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies