Afghanistan blast kills 14 worshippers

Afghan security personnel inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a roadside bomb explosion in Jalalabad, August 4, 2013.

A powerful bomb explosion has left at least14 civilians, mainly women and children, dead and several others injured in eastern Afghanistan.

The incident took place after a bomb planted in a graveyard in Nangarhar province went off in the early hours of Thursday.

The victims were killed while praying on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the Afghan government often blames the Taliban militants for such attacks in the war-torn country.

A recent United Nations report said there had been a sharp increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of the current year.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

The militantsâ„¢ use of IED home-made bombs has also posed a major challenge for US-led troops as well as Afghan security forces through the years because they are difficult to detect.

Violence continues to plague Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, more than a decade after the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.


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Republished from: Press TV