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Afghanistan explosions leave 3 dead, 20 injured, officials among dead

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Jalalabad: A series of three explosions that targeted Taliban vehicles in the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province has reportedly left at least three dead and 20 injured. Local officials in Nangarhar told media that the roadside bomb exploded when a Taliban ranger struck it.

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However, no one has taken the responsibility for the attack that took place on Saturday in Jalalabad, but the increasingly violent Islamic State group affiliate is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan and is enemies of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers.

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Reports said two Taliban officials were among the dead while the injured comprised mostly civilians. On Saturday, a sticky bomb exploded in Kabul, wounding two people. The target of the Kabul bomb is not yet clear, but the Jalalabad landmine blast was targeted at the Taliban officials. 

Jalalabad is the fifth-largest city of Afghanistan which is about 80 miles from Kabul.

The explosion comes at a time when Afghanistan is at the centre-stage of the world’s attention after the Taliban took over the country in an unexpected coup on August 15. Since then, there have been several attacks in the country, including an operation conducted by the United States, which the Biden administration has recently regretted.

The Pentagon said on Friday that its drone strike on August 29 was targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber but many civilians were killed. In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the drone strike had killed a Mr Ahmadi who worked for a non-profit called Nutrition and Education International. “We now know that there was no connection between Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced,” Austin said in the statement.

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