The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the Taliban militants were looking to detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in the city but the plot was thwarted by the security forces.
A statement by NDS said the militants were looking to drive the vehicle in the city from Lalpur district via Gerdi Ghous area in Momand Darea district.
The statement further added that the VBIED was driven by two suicide bombers who had suicide vests in their bodies but the vehicle exploded during a gun battle with the security forces.
According to NDS, the attack was plotted by the Taliban military chief Abdul Halim Awalzai and the group’s district shadow governor for Lal Pur district.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.