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A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. (July 16)

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Urgun district, Afghanistan - 16 July 2014

1. Pan of destroyed marketplace

2. Afghan soldiers near wreckage of car

3. Various of aftermath of bomb

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Afghan soldiers kept watch on Wednesday as residents surveyed the devastation from Tuesday's suicide bomb attack in the country's east which killed at least 89 people.

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in Urgun, a town in the remote Paktika province bordering Pakistan.

It was the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 US-led invasion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement, saying they "strongly condemn attacks on local people."

Several other insurgent groups operate in Afghanistan.

Bahram Khan, a shopkeeper who rushed to the site to help, said he saw dozens of people who were injured or killed at the scene, many missing limbs, including women and children.

The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and stripped trees of their branches, brutally underscoring the country's instability as US troops prepare to leave by the end of the year and politicians in Kabul struggle for power after a disputed presidential run-off.

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