Tribal Leader Anti Taliban Militia Killed along with 10 Others

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 27 February 2016 13:47

At least 10 people were killed, to include a leader of anti-Taliban militia, when a suicide bomber blew himself up reaching a government house near a market in the provincial capital of eastern Afghan Kunar province, officials say.

The provincial governor's office said the bomber rode up on a motorcycle to the entrance of a government office in the provincial capital Asadabad before detonating his device.

Some of the victims were reported to be children playing in a nearby park.

Eyewitnesses say the suicide bomber who was riding on a motorcycle targeted Haji Khan Jan who was leader of the uprising forces in Dangam District.

Officials at the Public Health Directorate of Kunar province says their record shows the incident has left 11 people killed and 40 others wounded.

No group has yet said it carried out the attack.

Reuters reported that a tribal elder and militia commander named Haji Khan Jan was among the dead.

He had been closely involved in a number of operations against the Taliban last year.

In recent months, there has been an upsurge in fighting between the Taliban and government forces.

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