A suicide bomber struck a busy market in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in one of the country's deadliest attacks in months.
Jan Kubis, the ranking United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan, condemned the assault, noting: "Today's appalling attack during Ramadan -- an occasion that should be observed in a spirit of peace and compassion -- should be condemned in the strongest possible terms and the perpetrators must be held accountable."
A Pakistani military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, said Tuesday that more than 400 militants had been killed in the operation, but the information could not be independently verified.
Separately, a remote-controlled bomb hidden by a roadside in Kabul, the Afghan capital, struck a vehicle used by employees of President
In a statement sent to journalists, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.