Child suicide bomber kills 5 at Afghan wedding
A wounded man receives treatment in a hospital after a suicide attack on the outskirts of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo)
Amir Shah, The Associated Press
Published Friday, July 12, 2019 5:12AM EDT
KABUL -- A 13-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding early Friday in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, killing five people and injuring 11 others, police officials said.
Among those killed was Malik Toor, a commander of a pro-government militia who had organized the wedding, police official Fayz Mohammad Babarkhil said.
Officials said Toor was the likely target of the attack, which took place in Pachirwa Agham district of Nangarhar province.
No one took responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban said it was not involved in the wedding explosion, according to a statement posted on its official website.
Both the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate have a strong presence in eastern Afghanistan, and the IS group is headquartered in Nangarhar province.