Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam District. It is considered that the child with IED desired to target Malik Tur, the leader died in the blast.
An injured man receives treatment at the hospital, after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan July 12, 2019.
The elder, also the commander of a pro-government militant group, was among the dead, the official added.
The attack comes days after a historic peace conference between Taliban insurgents and Afghan representatives saw a pledge to minimise civilian casualties.
The hard-line Sunni group has targeted minority Shi'ite civilians and government security forces in deadly attacks since it emerged around 2015.
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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid denied responsibility for the attack in a message to media on Friday.
This is not the first time that children have been used to carry out suicide attacks.
The Taliban are at the moment negotiating with the United States of America in a show to verify up on to raze the 18-year battle.
In Indonesia past year, two girls aged 9 and 12 were among those used to attack a church in Surabaya.