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Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls school

The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP The body of a victim is transported in the back of a vehicle following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province. —AFP
Deanna Wagner | 14 September, 2018, 10:33

People are seen at site after a suicide blast ripped through a crowd of protesters in Nanganhar province of Afghanistan on September 11, 2018.

The protestors asked for dismissal of local police chief.

The Islamic State terror organization sprang up in Afghanistan in 2015 and established a stronghold in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which has witnessed a large number of attacks in recent weeks.

Officials have warned violence is likely to intensify ahead of parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

The death toll from Tuesday's blast soared overnight.

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Qaderi said rescue efforts were being hampered by reports of another suicide bomber in the area, making police and emergency services cautious about approaching the scene.

It is common in Afghanistan that the provincial or government do not agree on the balance of victims in terrorist attacks or disasters, or as balance sheets evolve in the following days. "There used to be no fast explain of responsibility for any of the four assaults there.CreditReuters "The suicide attacker obtained out of a white automobile and ran in opposition to the protesters" tent", acknowledged Sayed Qayoom, a gape reached by cell phone. Two other blasts took place in Bihsud district early morning.

The first explosion happened in front of Malika Omaira girls' school in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT), provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told AFP.

Two air strikes in Baghlan province on Tuesday followed six the day before and American advisers were on the ground supporting Afghan troops, the spokesman added.

The attack came hours after a double bombing in front of a girls' school in the provincial capital Jalalabad, which killed a boy and wounded four others.