The extremist Islamic State group has claimed the responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Releasing a statement, it informed that on Saturday three Taliban vehicles were attacked in three different bomb attacks. Back on Sunday, in another event, a Taliban vehicle was attacked with a bomb.
Till now, more than 35 Taliban militia members have been killed or wounded in a series of attacks. Sources revealed that a pickup truck carrying Taliban fighters was the target of a bomb in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Witnesses claimed that the wounded Taliban fighters were taken to hospital after the explosion.
“In a series of blasts in the area, 2 people are dead,” a witness said. This turned out to be the first deadly blast since the last US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on August 30.
There has been no remark from the Taliban side about the incident. Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, is the only province where the Taliban are being targeted by IS after they recaptured Afghanistan in August. During the previous Afghan government rule, the districts of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces were the heartlands of IS.
Both IS and the Taliban are hardline Sunni Islamist groups, but they differ on the issues of religion and strategy. These differences have led to a massive difference between the two groups. The Taliban has focused on taking control of Afghanistan, while IS affiliates in Afghanistan and elsewhere call for global jihad.
IS-K also claimed responsibility for a bloody attack that killed more than 160 Afghans and 13 US troops at Kabul airport at the end of August as tens of thousands tried to flee the Taliban.