The Hush Post: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting. It killed at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs and Hindus, officials said Sunday.
Whether minorities were targeted is not yet clear though.
The suicide bomber struck a busy market place located hundreds of metres from the provincial Governor’s residential compound.
Among the dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus. Another 20 people have been seriously wounded.
There were scenes of anguish and helplessness at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other.
“It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man said.
Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal has confirmed 19 people have died, a majority of them being Sikhs.
Small communities of Sikhs and Hindus reside in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly Muslim nation.
Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed a suicide bomber carried out the attack — the latest in a series of recent assaults.
Ghani’s spokesman said the president was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger.”
Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier Sunday to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan.
This attack came a day after Ghani ordered Afghan security forces to starte offensive operations again against the Taliban.
The government’s unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but the militants rejected to prolong it.
The unprecedented ceasefire over the holiday capping Ramadan triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban terrorists, security forces, and war-weary civilians.
But it was marred by two suicide bomb attacks in Nangarhar which killed dozens of people and were claimed by the ISIS group.