Suicide bomber kills five at party in eastern Afghanistan

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KABUL, July 12 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on foot targeted a party in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said.

Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district.

Khogyani said 40 wounded men and women were rushed to hospital and local residents said 10 people were killed.

Pro-government militias often work with overstretched Afghan security forces to prevent territories falling into the hands of the Taliban and Islamic State fighters.

Last month, Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in northern Afghanistan.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the party attack but Islamic State militants have carried a string of suicide bombings and attacks on government offices, schools, and aid groups in recent years in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s main city.

(Reporting by Rafiz Sherzad, Ahmad Sultan in Jalalabad, Editing by Michael Perry)

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