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Taliban denies role in latest Afghanistan bombing

A suicide bombing at the guest house of a local official has left at least 13 people dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The late Sunday morning attack saw the attacker detonate his explosives inside a compound belonging to Obaidullah Shinwari, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council.

The attack marks the second bombing in Jalalabad in less than a week.

As with last week's attack, the Taliban denied any role in Sunday's bombing. The previous bombing, near the Pakistani consulate, was claimed by a group claiming to represent the Islamic State in Central and South Asia.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a statement condeming the attack. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims. We will continue to be a strong partner of a democratic Afghanistan," the statement said.

Also Sunday, the Italian embassy in Kabul was struck in a rocket attack. Police said it was hit by two rockets about 9:30 p.m., injuring one embassy guard. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Latifi is a special correspondent

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UPDATES

11:56 a.m.: This article has been updated with attack on Italian embassy.

This article was originally posted at 8:42 a.m.

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