Deadly suicide attack kills 10 in Afghanistan

May 11, 2016, 12:19 AM EDT
Explosion in Afghanistan
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A suicide bomber blew up his car in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and injuring 23 others. The assault is suspected to have targeted a pro-government militia commander, Dehqan, who is fighting against Taliban and Daesh insurgents in Nazian district. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attacker detonated himself near the house of the commander who is associated with a militia movement known as Public Uprising, writes Reuters. The explosion, which involved the use of a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (V.B.I.E.D.), was carried out when the area was busy with locals.

It could not be confirmed whether the leader was harmed or not. Islamic State, locally known as Daesh, has been flourishing in Nangarhar province, where its fighters frequently engage in bloody conflicts with both government forces and the Taliban.

Rising insurgency in the region has forced the local residents to pick up arms, notes Khaama Press. In the past six months, the area has seen several drone strikes and military operations against the militants.

Of late, Afghanistan has been rocked by a string of terror attacks. Last month, an explosion carried out by Taliban, killed 64 people and injured dozens of others in the Afghan capital Kabul.