Blast targets Taliban truck in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Witnesses told local media several wounded Taliban fighters were taken to hospital after explosion


AFP September 19, 2021
Taliban members inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP

A pickup truck carrying Taliban fighters was the target of a bomb in the Afghan city of Jalalabad Sunday, local media reported, a day after at least two people were killed in a series of blasts in the area.

Witnesses told local media that several wounded Taliban fighters were taken to hospital after the explosion, which one journalist said happened near an interchange for transport to and from the capital, Kabul.

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Further details were not immediately available.

At least two people were killed in Jalalabad on Saturday in the first deadly blasts since the last US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on August 30.

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The eastern city is the capital of Nangarhar province, the heartland of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch.

Although both IS and the Taliban are hardline militants, they have differed on the minutiae of religion and strategy. That tussle has led to bloody fighting between the two.

 

 

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