ISIS suicide bomber strikes Nangarhar wedding

Salaam Times and AFP

JALALABAD -- At least nine people were killed and 12 more wounded on Friday (July 12) when a suicide bomber attacked a wedding ceremony in Nangarhar Province, according to the provincial media office.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack via its media outlet Amaq, saying the bombing killed and wounded more than 70 people.

"This morning at 8am, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a wedding ceremony ... in Pacheragam District," Ataullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor's spokesman, told AFP.

Hazrat Khan Khaksar, the Pacheragam District governor, put the toll at 14 killed and 14 wounded, but he cautioned the figures may change.

Two bodies and 11 wounded victims were taken to the facility, Zahir Adil, a spokesman for the Nangarhar regional hospital, told AFP.

Separately, police in Momand Dara District defused a car bomb that was ready to be used in Jalalabad, the provincial media office said in a statement Thursday (July 11).

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