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Attack kills at least 10 in Afghanistan’s east

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Afghan security forces inspect the site of an explosion in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan, on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

An assailant has detonated explosives in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, leaving at least 10 people dead, government officials say.

Inamullah Miakhel, a spokesman for the provincial health department in Jalalabad, confirmed the deaths, adding that four other people had been taken to hospital after being injured in the blast.

The explosion occurred near a gas station, causing a large fire, officials said.

“Most of the victims were children, who were working in a car wash close to the suicide bombing site,” Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said.

The blast also left eight cars burnt.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility.

About 20 people were killed when an explosion hit the city center in the capital of Nangarhar Province on July 1.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorists have established substantial presence in Jalalabad in recent years.

Since late last year, Daesh, which has already lost all its urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq, has taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and established a foothold in the Asian country’s eastern and northern regions, launching brutal attacks against civilians and security forces alike.

According to Afghan intelligence documents, Daesh is present in nine provinces, from Nangarhar and Kunar in the east to Jawzjan, Faryab, and Badakhshan in the north, and Ghor in central west.

But the Taliban militants have had a longer presence in Afghanistan.

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