Dozens of people are believed to have been killed or injured in a suicide bombing on Tuesday in east Afghanistan. The blast was carried out at a funeral, a spokesman for the local government said.

The attacker detonated his explosives in the middle of the funeral, said Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

“Initial information shows about 40 people killed and wounded in the attack,” he added.

The attack targeted the funeral ceremony for a local police commander, according to Khogyani. Battle-weary Nangarhar is close to Pakistan border. It is the bastion for both Islamic State and Taliban militia. It has witnessed some of the hardest battles in recent years.

Both international forces and the Taliban in the area have targeted IS fighters, who have largely been pushed out of the province but still retain the ability to launch attacks on urban centres.

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