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Afghan Bomb Blast Kills 17

A suicide bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province late Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded at least 40, authorities said.
READ MORE: A car bomb blast in the capital city of the Afghan province of Logar killed at least 17 people and injured dozens more, according to local Afghan officials who spoke to VOA.

They said the suicide bomber targeted a security force’s convoy in the provincial capital of Pul-e-Alam.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid swiftly denied involvement, saying their fighters had nothing to do with the attack, which came just hours before the three-day Taliban Eid cease-fire went into effect.

The festivities started Friday and the Afghan government ordered security forces to cease operations against the insurgents. After Friday morning special Eid prayers, President Ashraf Ghani announced in a televised speech that his government is working to release the remaining Taliban prisoners of the up to 5,000 agreed to in response to the release of all 1,000 Afghan security forces from insurgent custody under a prisoner swap stipulated in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.

Ghani said, however, he is not authorized to let the prisoners go on his own. He said a special jirga meeting, or council of lawmakers, will be convened to decide the fate of the remaining prisoners so the intra-Afghan talks can begin.
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