At least three people were killed and more than 18 injured in three explosions in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan.
It is reported that the intended target may have been a convoy of Taliban passing through the provincial capital. This is the first attack in the province since the Taliban came to power in mid-August.
A Taliban official told the Guardian they are still investigating the nature of the attack. “It is too early to say how they carried out the attack,” he said. “We can’t say for sure who might be behind the explosions. “
A city health official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “We have received 20 wounded. Two of them died shortly after being transferred to hospital. We also have injured children and women.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack on Jalalabad. But the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) is believed to be based in the mountainous region of Nangarhar Province, along the country’s eastern border with Pakistan.
Another bomb is said to have exploded in the country’s capital, Kabul, injuring two people. It is not known who the target of the attack was, but residents say the magnetic bomb targeted a car.
In August, ISKP claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombing in which two suicide bombers blew themselves up at Hamid Karzai International Airport. At least 95 Afghans and 13 US servicemen were killed and more than 100 injured in the blasts.
In 2018, ISKP ranked fourth among the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, killing more than 1,000, mostly in Afghanistan, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, which monitors global terrorism.
The attacks are the first deadly explosions since the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. After taking power, the Taliban promised to restore peace and stability in the region and not to house any militant organizations.
Earlier this year, Taliban fighters claimed to have killed hundreds of ISKP fighters after the United States agreed not to deploy air power against the Taliban. According to credible reports, however, many ISKP fighters were able to escape and may have regrouped or formed sleeper cells.
With the Taliban now safely in power, all-out civil war may be an unlikely prospect, but the threat of ISKP attacks on civilians is high.