2 dead, dozens of shops burnt as blast targets oil tanker in Nangarhar
By Khaama Press - Tue Mar 06 2018, 9:53 am
The incident took place on Jalalabad-Torkham highway at around 6 am local time today after a magnetic bomb planted in the oil tanker went off.
The provincial government media office quoting the governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said in a statement that two people were also wounded in the blast.
Khogyani has also added that more than thirty shops caught fire after the blast ripped through the oil tanker.
No individual or group including the Taliban and ISIS insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime but the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to expand their insurgency activities in some of the remote parts of the province during the recent years.
Both the Taliban and militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group have presence in some districts of Nangarhar.
Today’s incident takes place amid ongoing operations to suppress the anti-government armed insurgents and terrorists in this province.