The Latest: Suicide bomber kills 19 in Afghanistan

July 01, 2018 - 11:12 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber has targeted a group of Sikhs and Hindus in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19 people.

Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanekzai, the police chief of Nangarhar province, says five others were wounded in Sunday's attack, which targeted the group on its way to the governor's compound. They had planned to meet with President Ashraf Ghani, who was visiting the region on Sunday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are active in the province.

Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority has endured decades of discrimination and hostility, and today numbers only around 1,000 people. They have been targeted in the past by Islamic extremists.


12:30 p.m.

An Afghan official says that at least 110 people have been hospitalized after drinking from a river in the northern Parwan province.

Abdul Khalil Farhangi, the head of the main hospital in Charakar, the provincial capital, said Sunday it was not clear what caused them to become ill. The symptoms included vomiting and headaches.

Afghanistan's infrastructure has suffered from decades of war, and many rural communities do not have access to electricity or clean, running water.

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