Double blast kills three people, injures 20 in east Afghanistan

It is unclear what caused the explosions. (AFP/File)
Updated 06 April 2019

Double blast kills three people, injures 20 in east Afghanistan

  • Local official said 5 others were also injured in the attack in Sari Pul
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts

JALALABAD/KABUL: Twin explosions on Saturday in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad killed three people and injured 20 others, local officials said.
One child and two women were killed, said Mohammad Shoieb Sahak, deputy head of Nangarhar Regional Hospital.
Eight security forces were among the casualties, said Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government.
“In today’s incident, my sister and her daughters have been victims,” said Sami Ul Haq, a resident of Nangarhar, visiting his family at the hospital. One of his nieces was killed and the other wounded, along with her mother, in the attack, he said.
“It is such a misery.”
It was not clear what caused the explosions.
No group took immediate responsibility. Islamic State emerged in Nangarhar in 2015 on the porous border with Pakistan to become one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous militant groups for its bombing and complex attacks.
Fighting between militant groups, and between the Taliban and Afghan forces has intensified in recent weeks amid recurring peace talks.

Meanwhile, an Afghan official says Taliban have killed at least four policemen when they stormed a security checkpoint in northern Sari Pul province.

Mohammad Noor Rahmani, head of the provincial council, said five others were wounded in Saturday’s attack on the outskirts of the province’s capital city.

Police in eastern Ghazni province say Taliban also launched attacks on security checkpoints there on Saturday, killing three personnel and wounding seven others.

A spokesman for the provincial police chief, Ahmad Khan Serat, said police killed seven insurgents during the gunbattle.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Ghazni, but made no statement on Sari Pul.


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Updated 11 July 2020

Philippines confirms 12 coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases

  • The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 12 coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,372 while confirmed cases have reached 54,222. The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days.