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Suicide bomber kills 20 at Afghan funeral

One of the deadliest attacks of this year came in the form of a suicide bomber who blew himself up after targeting an Afghan government official at a funeral in a village near the Pakistan border on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. The bomber walked into the middle of a crowd of mourners who were paying their last respects to a tribal elder and detonated his explosives. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban have routinely targeted officials during their decade-long insurgency. Witnesses described scenes of horror. “I heard a big bang and saw smoke all over the place, then I saw pieces of flesh and people all around me were covered in blood. I don’t know what happened, but it caused a lot of casualties,” one victim told AFP from a hospital without giving his name.

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