89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan

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Updated: 7/15 1:17 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There's been no claim of responsibility for today's deadly suicide bomb attack near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack killed 89 people and wounded dozens of others.

The Taliban issued a statement denying involvement, saying they "strongly condemn attacks on local people."

A Defense Ministry spokesman says the bomber detonated his vehicle as he drove by the crowded market near the border with Pakistan. A local official says many victims were left buried under rubble after the attack.

The attack underscored Afghanistan's instability as foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of the year, and as feuding politicians in Kabul work to form a new government.

It was the first major attack since a weekend deal between the two Afghan presidential contenders that will allow an audit of last month's presidential runoff vote.

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