Bombing at funeral for Afghan official kills 17

  • Bombing at funeral for Afghan official kills 17

Bombing at funeral for Afghan official kills 17

According to reports, the blast left 13 others injured.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Backed by intensive USA air strikes, Afghan forces have claimed growing success against the Taliban and other militant groups, including Islamic State, but attacks on civilian targets have continued, causing heavy casualties.

In a Sunday statement, Afghanistan's Taliban denied any connection with the apparent terror strike.

The explosion happened during the funeral ceremony for a former governor of Haska Mina district who died recently of natural causes, a statement from the governor's office said.

On Christmas day, six civilians were killed in an attack near a compound used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency.

While the Taliban is still responsible for the majority of attacks and casualties across Afghanistan, Daesh militants have been on a rampage this month.

Khogyani further added that twelve people were also wounded in the attack and there are concerns that the death toll will further rise as some are in critical condition.

A week before that, IS militants stormed an intelligence training compound in Kabul. In 2016, the year-end death toll reasoned 11,418.