Afghan roadside bomb kills two civilians

Samya Kullab and Tameem AkhgarAP
Officials say two bombs detonated as a Taliban vehicle was passing by in Jalalabad, killing a child.
Camera IconOfficials say two bombs detonated as a Taliban vehicle was passing by in Jalalabad, killing a child. Credit: AP

A roadside bombing targeting a Taliban vehicle in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least two civilians including a child, Taliban and health officials say.

Four others were wounded.

Two bombs detonated as a Taliban vehicle was passing by, killing one child, district police chief Ismatullah Mubariz said, adding that no Taliban fighters were harmed.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State group is active in eastern Nangarhar province, where it has launched frequent attacks targeting the Taliban.

A local hospital official said two bodies and four wounded civilians were transferred to the hospital after the attack.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.

Recently, IS has shown signs of expansion in Afghanistan, with attacks in the north, the south and the capital of Kabul.

The group's frequent attacks have cast doubt over the Taliban's ability to maintain security and stability in the country.

Last week, IS claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shi'ite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more.

It was the deadliest since the dramatic US exit from the country, which allowed the Taliban to seize control of the Afghan capital.

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