Suicide automotive bomb, gunmen assault jail in east Afghanistan

Kabul, August 2

A suicide automotive bomb and a number of gunmen attacked a jail in japanese Afghanistan on Sunday, Afghan officers stated, killing at the least one particular person and injuring 20 others.

The gun battle between Afghan safety forces and insurgents in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, was nonetheless ongoing Sunday night, and casualties had been prone to rise, in keeping with Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Ajmal Omer, a provincial council member, and Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, additionally confirmed the assault.

No one instantly claimed duty however each Taliban and the native Islamic State group’s affiliate are energetic in japanese Afghanistan. The IS affiliate is headquartered in Nangarhar province.

Sunday’s assault comes a day after the Afghan intelligence company stated a senior IS commander was killed by Afghan particular forces close to Jalalabad.

The Taliban’s political spokesman Suhail Shaheen advised The Associated Press: “We have a cease fire and are not involved in any of these attacks anywhere in the country,” however stated he was not conscious of the small print of the Jalalabad assault.

The Taliban declared a three-day cease-fire beginning Friday for the key Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha.

The Taliban had additionally denied involvement in a suicide bombing within the japanese Logar province late Thursday, which killed at the least 9 folks and wounded at the least 40, authorities stated.

Afghanistan has seen a current spike in violence, with most assaults claimed by the native IS affiliate.

Efforts to get peace talks between the Taliban and the Kabul authorities underway have stalled after the Taliban and the US signed a deal in February, seen as a blueprint to ending Afghanistan’s many years of struggle. (AP)

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