Bomber kills religious official, bodyguard in eastern Afghanistan
A bomber has killed a senior religious official and his bodyguard and wounded nearly a dozen others in eastern Afghanistan.
Nangarhar governor's spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said that the attack was carried out in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
The causalities were caused as bomber approached Abdul Zaher Haqqani, head of the Nangarhar provincial director of religious affairs and the Haj pilgrimage, and detonated his explosive vest.
"He was coming off a bridge when the attacker approached him and blew himself up close to his car," Khogyani said.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack
On January 20, a blast at a hotel in Jalalabad killed at least three tribal elders and injured two others.
Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, has long been beset by militancy and violence. Both Taliban and Daesh Takfiri terrorists are present in the province.
A new study has found that the Taliban militants are openly active in 70 percent of Afghan territory, fully controlling four percent of the country and maintaining presence in another 66 percent.
Daesh has so far claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Jalalabad, including a January 24 attack targeting an office of the Save the Children aid organization in the city.