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Afghanistan: Several Injured In Suicide Blast At Government Building In Jalalabad

Witnesses Said They Heard Gunshot Firing Immediately After The Blast At The Electronic Identification Registration Centre In Jalalabad, Capital Of Nangarhar Province, Where Both The Taliban And The Islamic State Group Are Active.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 18 Sep 2019, 04:16:43 PM
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New Delhi:

At least 10 people are reportedly injured as a suicide bomber detonated inside a government building in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Wednesday. Witnesses said they heard gunshot firing immediately after the blast at the electronic identification registration centre in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, where both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active.

"Security forces are in the area to rescue the staff," said provincial spokesman Ataullah Khogyani.

No group immediately claimed the attack. It came a day after the Taliban killed nearly 50 people and wounded dozens more in two separate attacks, one near a campaign rally for President Ashraf Ghani in the central province of Parwan, and one in Kabul.

The terrorists have vowed to disrupt the upcoming presidential election, scheduled for September 28. They have also promised more violence after US President Donald Trump called off talks earlier this month seeking a deal that would have allowed Washington to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the site of America's longest war.

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First Published : 18 Sep 2019, 04:16:06 PM