Explosion rocks provincial capital in E Afghanistan

ASADABAD, AFGHANISTAN (XINHUA) – A Taleban official was killed and 11 people wounded when an explosion hit a Taleban security forces’ vehicle in Asadabad, capital of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, yesterday, a provincial source said.

“The blast occurred near a bridge in Karhali locality of the town in the morning. Abdullah who served as the Taleban’s police chief for Shegal district in Kunar lost his life in the incident,” the source who declined to be named told Xinhua.

Meantime, Attahullah Sapay, head of the provincial hospital, said that one body and 11 wounded were admitted to the main provincial hospital following the explosion.

Among those wounded were seven civilians, including a woman and two children, and four Taleban members, he told Xinhua.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) outfit are active in the region.

The security situation remained generally calm but uncertain across Afghanistan since the Taleban’s takeover in mid-August.

However, a spate of bomb attacks were launched by IS-affiliated militants in Kabul, northern Kunduz and eastern Nangarhar provinces in recent weeks.

Afghan security force members participating in a military operation in Surkhrod district of Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. PHOTO: XINHUA