A Suicide Attack Kills 19 in Afghanistan

An explosion took place in the funeral gathering of a government official, killed at least 19 people included an MP and dozens of wounded.

A suicide bomber, wearing a jacket of heavy explosive materials, blew himself up among a crowd of mourners who had gathered to attend a funeral in Taluqan city, the capital of Takhar province.

The attack occurred as mourners were leaving after the end of the funeral in the town of Talaqan, said Faid Mohammad Tawhedi, a spokesman for the governor’s office in northern Takhar province. He said the victims included parliament member Abdul Mutaleb Baik.

No group has accepted the responsibility of the suicide attack on the funeral.

“We have 19 dead including an MP, Abdulmutalib Baig, and more than 40 wounded, mostly civilians,” told Takhar provincial governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa.