Afghan Funeral Blast Death Toll Reaches 18

The death toll in a bomb attack near a funeral in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar climbed to 18 on Monday, after one of the victims died from their injuries, an official said.

A bomb strapped to a parked motorcycle detonated on Sunday during a funeral for a former district chief in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

Official sources put the number of injured at 14, all civilians while other sources said up to 30.

A day after the explosion, it still remains unclear who had placed the bomb. The Islamic State is active in the province, as is the Taliban.

However, the Taliban has denied involvement in the attack, and Islamic State had not published a statement on Monday.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar’s governor, had warned on Sunday that the death toll in the attack could still rise, due to the fact that a number of the injured are in critical condition.

Nangarhar is in eastern Afghanistan and is the birthplace of the Islamic State militant group. It has been the Afghan stronghold of the militants since their emergence in early 2015.

On Thursday, 41 people were killed and 84 others were injured after an Islamic State attack on a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul.