PESHAWAR: At least 32 people were killed and over a hundred others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted a protest rally in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The provincial governor’s spokesman was quoted as saying by the Afghan media that said at least 19 people were killed and over 50 others were wounded. However, the provincial public health directorate said at least 32 people were killed and 128 others were injured in the blast. The deputy head of Nangarhar provincial council, Obaidullah, said over 50 people lost their lives in the incident.

The protest was held in Mohmand Dara district near Jalalabad-Torkham Highway for dismissal of Bilal Pacha, a commander of local police force members in Achin district. All the people killed in the attack were civilians.

The wounded were taken to hospitals where condition of some of them was stated to be critical.