nangarhar jalalabad attack
nangarhar jalalabad attackReuters

At least 12 people were killed and 38 others injured in a suicide attack on a Afghan National Army bus near Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province. There were Army recruits on board the bus when the attack took place, Associated Press reported.

Taliban carried out the attack in the Sorkh Rud district, Reuters quoted Islamist group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying.

At least 12 bodies were brought to the main regional hospital in Jalalabad along with 38 injured people, of whom many are in critical condition, head of the hospital Ahsanullah Shinwari said.

The attack took place when the suicide attacker rammed his motorised tricycle into the Army bus. The attack and toll were confirmed by Ministry of Defence spokesman Dawlat Waziri, Agence France-Presse reported.

"The recruits were being transferred from Jalalabad to Kabul," Waziri said, putting the number of injured at 26.

The suicide bomb attack happened in a crowded area around 4.30 p.m. local time, TOLO News reported.