The number of casualties may rise. „Both men and children are among those killed and wounded in the attack,” Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, told the media. The building’s roof was destroyed. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban have denied they were behind the bombing.
Violence in the country has increased ahead of the presidential election last month. Following the poll, the Taliban issued a statement thanking Afghans who did not vote. Results of the election are expected in the coming days. “Civilian casualties at record-high levels clearly show the need for all parties concerned to pay much more attention to protecting the civilian population, including through a review of conduct during combat operations,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan said presenting a report a day before this attack. The report said 2,563 civilians were killed and 5,676 were wounded in the first nine months of this year.