Death toll climbs in eastern Afghanistan attack


The death toll following a Taliban attack in eastern Afghanistan climbed to 38 on Sunday, marking the deadliest violence the country has seen in months. Also on Sunday, a provincial governor claimed recent Nato-coordinated air strikes have left 63 civilians dead in the region.


Five suicide bombers dressed in police and army uniforms and armed with machine guns stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad on Saturday, initiating a standoff with security forces that lasted several hours.

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Four of the attackers detonated their devices, killing at least 21 security forces and 17 civilians.

Another 71 people were wounded in the deadliest attack since the Taliban targeted a wedding last June.

Meanwhile, military operations and airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan have killed 63 people in the past week, mostly civilians including 20 women, a provincial governor said Sunday.

They were mostly killed in US-led Nato air raids against suspected rebels in the province of Kunar, governor Fazlullah Wahidi said.

He claimed there were 13 insurgents among the dead.

Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed it was involved in an ongoing operation in the region, but denied troops had killed any civilians.

"We have no report of any civilian casualty," ISAF spokesperson US Major Michael Johnson said.

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