Published December 31, 2017
The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):
A bombing has targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people.
Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a rickshaw rigged with explosives went off Sunday among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 13 other people were wounded.
Habibi said initial reports were that a suicide bomber was behind the attack, but that authorities now believe it was a remotely-detonated explosion.
No one immediately claimed the attack. The Taliban denied any involvement. An Islamic State affiliate is active in Nangarhar province and has targeted officials and security forces in the past.
An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting the funeral of a local official has killed at least 12 people.
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. Inamullah Miakhial, spokesman for the local hospital, said the attack killed 12 people and wounded another 14.
No one immediately claimed the attack. The Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are both active in Nangarhar and routinely target security forces and local officials.