Afghan bombing death toll rises to 68

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Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said 32 people were dead and 128 were wounded in the blast.

A suicide bomber targeted a protest in Mohmand Dara district in Nangarhar province on Tuesday afternoon.

No insurgent group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack in a region where the group islamic State (EI) and the taliban are active.

The Nangarhar health department confirmed the toll. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the local provincial council, said at least 45 dead and wounded had been taken to local hospitals but added that the toll could rise.

Witnesses told AFP the casualties were students from the boys' school.

Several blasts were reported, with the deadliest involving a suicide bomber detonating in the crowd of people.

The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack.

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High-intensity, explosion, claimed by the taliban, had literally shaken the city, which shattered the glass around in a district, however, assumed to be well-kept, which houses many official buildings or sensitive, including embassies.

It comes as Afghanistan enters a typically violent period of the year - the holy month of Muharram, which began on Tuesday.

The violence follows recent diplomatic efforts to end the lengthy war between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Officials have said violence is likely to intensify before parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in April.

The country's already overstretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.

"I feel profound indignation at this latest wave of attacks deliberately targeting civilians", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the senior United Nations official in Afghanistan in a statement.

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