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Afghan suicide bombing kills 12 new army recruits

Security forces inspect damage to a bus after a suicide attack in Jalalabad (AP)
Security forces inspect damage to a bus after a suicide attack in Jalalabad (AP)

At least 12 new Afghan army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad, a hospital official has said.

Ahsanullah Shinwari, head of the Jalalabad hospital, said that 12 bodies have been brought to the hospital in the city located 77 miles from the capital Kabul.

He said another 38 people were wounded, most of them in critical condition.

All those involved were new army recruits travelling in a bus on the outskirts of Jalalabad - the capital of Nangarhar province.

Initial reports said the attacker was on a motorcycle when he rammed the bus, detonating explosives, according to Ahmad Ali Hazrat, chief of the Nangarhar provincial council.

No group has yet claimed responsibility. Suicide attacks regularly take place in Jalalabad, as a number of anti-government insurgent groups are based in the province.

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