Afghan intelligence thwart car bombing plot in Jalalabad city

The Afghan intelligence operatives have thwarted a plot by the anti-government armed militant groups to detonate a car bomb in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told reporters that the Afghan intelligence operatives discovered and confiscated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device from Rod district as the militants were looking to use it for an attack in Jalalabad city.

Khogyani further added that the car bomb was seized from Dami Ghondi area and blamed the Haqqani terrorist network for planning the attack.

He said the car bomb was detonated shortly after it was captured and around 250 kgs of explosives, 8 rockets, some hand grenades, and some other explosives were also discovered from the vehicle.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as a group of insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a non-governmental organization’s compound in Jalalabad city late last month, leaving at least three dead and twenty five others wounded.

According to the local officials, three people including two security guards of the Save the Children office were killed and twenty five others including four security guards of the office were wounded.

The officials further added that the militants launched the attack near the NGO compound by initially detonating a vehicle packed with explosives triggering a standoff that lasted for several hours before all militants were shot dead.

Source The Khaama Press

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