Death toll of suicide attacks in eastern Afghan town rises to 38

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Death toll of the suicide attacks on a bank in Nangarhar's provincial capital Jalalabad has climbed to 38 and over 70 others received injuries on Saturday, spokesman for provincial administration Zamarai Bashari said Sunday.

"In the suicide attacks against the branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad city on Saturday 38 people including 21 security personnel were martyred and 71 others sustained injuries," Bashari told newsmen at a press conference here.

According to Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi seven personnel of Afghan National Army were also killed in the attack against the bank in Jalalabad.

Four suicide bombers were killed during the blasts and gun battle while another suicide bomber was captured by police, Bashari further said.

"The arrested one is from Pakistan," Bashari asserted.

Bashari, the spokesman for Interior Ministry, also confirmed the police and army personnel were standing in queue to receive their monthly salaries from the bank when the attack occurred.

Zabihullah Mujahid, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from unknown location, claimed responsibility for the attack and said three suicide bombers carried out the attacks and inflicted huge casualties on police and army personnel.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a statement released by his office termed the attack as a "coward" terrorist act carried out by the enemies of peace and strongly condemned it.

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