Afghan official: Remote control bomb kills cleric, 3 others

KABUL, Afghanistan — A remote control bomb attached to a motorcycle killed a cleric and three others in eastern Laghman province on Friday, an Afghan official said.

Sarhadi Zawak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Mohammad Younose Shamakhil and three others were killed and 12 people were wounded.

The attack took place in the provincial capital Mihtarlam as the cleric was returning home from Friday prayers at a mosque. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also on Friday, an Afghan official said two suicide bombers targeted a lawmaker in eastern Nangarhar province, leaving three dead, but the lawmaker wasn't home at the time.

Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack targeted the home of Feridon Momand, a member of parliament, in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. A police officer, a woman and her husband in the building were killed and five others were wounded.

Khogyani said one of the suicide bombers was killed by police and a second was arrested.

Momand said he owns the building and it is used by the Momand tribal council.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday marking the end of Ramadan next week.

Also Friday, in western Hirat province, the Taliban targeted a mosque killing two and wounded four others during prayers.

Hekmatullah Hekmat, the district governor in Shindand, said that the fatalities were a father and his son.

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