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Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls school

Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls school

The bombs were reportedly hidden inside the schools as part of the planned attack.

Officials and elders said Tuesday's attack targeted a gathering to protest against a police commander.

At the end of August, two people died and another four were wounded in a suicide attack during a protest near the office of the electoral commission in the province. The details of the complaint against the police chief were not immediately clear.

The blast, less than a week after a suicide attack killed more than 20 people in the capital, Kabul, came as violence has flared across the nation, with heavy fighting in northern provinces.

According to a united Nations report published in mid-July, the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of the year reached a record high of almost 1,700 dead, due in majority to the attacks of the AES, the worst record in ten years, according to the UN. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A wave of violence across Afghanistan in recent weeks has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and security forces, as the Taliban makes gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks.

The spokesman of the provincial governor said at least 19 people were killed and 57 others were wounded in the explosion.

A number of dead bodies were directly taken to their homes by relatives and, therefore, not counted in Tuesday's figures, the official added.

Journalist Ali Latifi has the latest from the capital Kabul.

In all three blasts, the attackers targeted schools for girls, said provincial council member Zabihullah Zmarai.

Tuesday's attack was marked by one of the highest death tolls in attacks in Afghanistan this year.

Qaderi said rescue efforts were being hampered by reports of another suicide bomber in the area, making police and emergency services cautious about approaching the scene.

Men shout slogans against terrorists after a suicide attack among the protesters in Momandara district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Two other blasts took place in Bihsud district early morning.

US air forces have conducted a number of strikes in northern Afghanistan as the fighting has picked up in recent days, with three strikes in Sar-e Pul on Monday, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan said.