The death toll from a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday has risen to 68 people, with at least 165 others injured, officials said.
The death toll could be higher and the number of injured is estimated to be more than 100.
The bombing happened when a group from the district of Achin came to Momandara district to block the main highway between the capital Jalalabad and the Torkham border with Pakistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the suicide attack among the protesters as well as the school bombings in Nangarhar.
"The majority of civilian casualties occurred in the Mohmandara district of Nangarhar when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives among a crowd which had gathered to demonstrate against an Afghan Local Police commander".
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said 32 people were dead and 128 were wounded in the blast. The Taliban denied involvement.
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There were no claims of responsibility for the attacks in Jalalabad, where nearly all recent bombings and militant raids against civilian and educational facilities have been claimed by Islamic State.
The escalating violence has dampened hopes of peace talks to end Afghanistan's 17-year conflict but two Taliban officials on Tuesday told Reuters the movement was preparing for another meeting with United States officials following one in July. According to Khogyani, the governor's spokesman, a 14 year old was killed and four others were wounded in the blasts.
"Another explosion hit us and I was wounded (in the leg)".
The explosion at the protest followed a series of smaller blasts on Tuesday that targeted schools in Jalalabad and surrounding districts that were returning after summer breaks.
Afghan government forces have struggled to counter attacks from both the Taliban and the IS group since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops in 2014.