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Afghanistan: Concealed bomb kills ten women

August 9, 2013

An explosion has killed at least 10 women in a graveyard in eastern Afghanistan as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, officials say.

Many Muslims visit the graves of deceased relatives during Eid as part of traditional celebrations after the holy month of fasting.

Police were unable to confirm the cause of the explosion in the Ghani Khel district of the province of Nangarhar.

‘An explosion happened in a graveyard,’ Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, police spokesman for Nangarhar, told AFP.

‘Ten women were killed in the blast, two other women and a child were also wounded.’

The gathering was an all-female event to commemorate the late wife of a pro-government tribal leader.

Nangarhar, which straddles a key route from Pakistan’s tribal belt – a hub for Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants – to Kabul, has seen a series of attacks and battles in recent weeks.

Sky News

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