At least 11 killed in attack on Afghan politician’s home

Published: Sunday 17th January 2016 by The News Editor

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At least 11 people have been killed and 13 wounded in a suicide attack at the home of a prominent politician in the increasingly volatile eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The attacker detonated his explosives at the residential compound of Obaidullah Shinwari, according to a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government.

Mr Shinwari is a member of Nangarhar’s provincial council and his family is active in local and national politics.

The spokesman said a guesthouse on the compound was crowded with people invited to a family event.

“The number of casualties is likely to increase because there were so many people there,” he added.

The compound is close to the Pakistani consulate, targeted last week in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Published: Sunday 17th January 2016 by The News Editor

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