Explosion Kills 22 in Afghanistan's Eastern City of Jalalabad

The city's police chief said that an explosion in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 22 people and injured around 50 on Saturday. Police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said that the blast took place outside a bank where government workers collect their salaries, adding that a suicide bomber appeared to have been responsible. Taliban insurgents denied responsibility. The militants, who were ousted from power by a U.S.-led invasion in 2001, rarely claim attacks that kill large groups of civilians, saying their activities are restricted to foreign or Afghan military and government targets.