Afghan Jalalabad blast
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect a damaged building after a blast near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan Parwiz Parwiz/Reuters

At least 13 people were killed and 20 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a government guest house in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city. The explosion occurred inside the residence of the Nangarhar provincial council member Obaidullah Shinwari.

Local tribal representatives had gathered at the guest house to celebrate the release of Shinwari's relative – believed to be his son – who was held captive by Taliban militants. A spokesperson for the provincial governor confirmed that the man who was freed by terrorists was also killed in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. Those injured – mostly belonging to the Shinwari tribe – were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. There have been several high profile attacks in Jalalabad in recent days. Foreign embassies and government buildings have also come under severe attack in the city..