At least 66 hurt as series of blasts rock Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the provincial governor, said at least 10 explosions occurred around the provincial capital, Jalalabad. He said most of the people had minor injuries and were released after treatment at local hospitals.

Afghan men carry the bodies of the victims during a mass funeral after a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul. (Reuters photo)

The latest on attacks in Afghanistan was at 2:55 pm (local time)in which at least 66 people were wounded in a series of explosions in the eastern province of Nangarhar as the country marked its Independence Day, an Afghan official said.

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the provincial governor, said at least 10 explosions occurred around the provincial capital, Jalalabad. He said most of the people had minor injuries and were released after treatment at local hospitals.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Both the Taliban and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group are active in Nangarhar province.

At 10 am (local time), Afghanistan’s president had vowed to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

President Ashraf Ghani’s comments Monday came as Afghanistan mourned the death of at least 63 people in the Kabul bombing.

Many outraged Afghans asked whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting will bring peace to long-suffering civilians.

A sharply worded Taliban statement questioned why the US failed to identify the attackers in advance. Another Taliban statement marking independence said to “leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.”

The US envoy in talks with the Taliban said the peace process should be accelerated to help Afghanistan defeat the IS affiliate.

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