A suicide bombing in the eastern part of Afghanistan on Tuesday has killed at least 68 people. This was one of the deadliest insurgent attacks in recent months. Officials say.
The bomber blew himself in a crowd of people who were protesting against a local police chief in Nangarhar province near Pakistan.
According to the reports, 165 people got serious injuries. Local hospitals have set up emergency units to cope with the casualties.
The spokesman of the provincial governor, Attaullah Khogyani, issued a statement saying that the death toll has risen to 68 from an early estimate of 32.
So far, no militant group has taken the responsibility of the suicide bombing but Islamic State militants have been active in the province.
The security officials have warned the government of similar kind of attacks if crowd gather for campaign rallies ahead of parliamentary elections in October.
The same province witnessed two bomb attacks near a school in which five people had died.
The attack followed recent diplomatic efforts to end the long war with the Taliban.
Government forces have been attacked by Taliban several times in recent weeks.
This suicide blast has definitely dampened the prospect of diplomatic progress between the government and the Taliban.
While the whole world is condemning the attack, Pakistani border authorities on Tuesday allowed five seriously injured Afghan nationals to enter its territory and receive medical treatment.
The border management forces allowed them entry in Pakistan without any legal document and shifted them to a hospital in Peshawar.
The UN security council condemned the attack in a press statement. The council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the government of Afghanistan. The council also wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
The council members urged all countries to actively cooperate with the government of Afghanistan at this crucial time.