At least 3 dead, 19 injured in twin explosion in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a twin explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 6, 2019. EPA-EFE/GHULAMULLAH HABIBI

KABUL.- At least three people were killed, including a child, and 19 were wounded in a twin explosion that occurred on Saturday in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, an official source told EFE.

The mine explosions took place on Saturday morning in the police district No. 4 in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of the Nangarhar province, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of the province.

He added that the target of the attacks was not clear yet.

As a result, three civilians, including a woman and a girl, were killed and 19 people sustained different kinds of injuries, two of whom were in a «critical» condition, Khogyani said.

Among the injured were four women, two children and eight members of the security forces, the source added.

No armed group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions.

Adjacent to the border with Pakistan and a key point in the communication between the two countries, Nangarhar is considered the main bastion of the Islamic State terror organization since it appeared in Afghanistan in 2015.

The most recent significant attack took place in March, when the MQ private construction company, located near the Jalalabad airport, was attacked for nearly six hours, leaving 16 employees dead and five insurgents dead.

Since the end of the NATO combat mission in January 2015, the Afghan government has been steadily losing ground to the Taliban.

The Afghan government controls just 55 percent of the country’s area, while the Taliban rule over approximately 11 percent. The remaining territory is contested between the parties, according to data published by the US Congress’ Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Over the last few months, the United States and Taliban have held several rounds of negotiations sponsored by the Afghan government.

Regardless of the prospect of a peace agreement, many Afghan citizens live in fear due to the presence of IS.

On Thursday the United Nations said a conflict in a remote region of eastern Afghanistan in the province of Kunar had displaced at least 21,000 civilians within the country.EFE

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