News - Afghanistan
A deadly suicide attack in eastern Khost province has claimed 17 lives where 37 others sustained injuries, according to a statement by the interior ministry.
The incident took place around 9:30 am Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the protesters who had staged a rally against the acting governor, accusing him of corruption and land usurpation.
The MP Hamayoun Hamayoun, head of Parliamentary defense committee, was also injured in the attack, the statement added.
Sources close to Hamayoun told TOLOnews that the driver, guards and secretary of Hamayoun were also among those killed.
However, the Khost Police Chief initially said that the number of injured had reached to 50.
The victims have been taken to the hospitals while the area has been cordoned off by the security forces.
The Taliban, in a statement, have denied links to the attack.