ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan Province) rears its ugly head as series of blasts rock two Afghanistan cities in two days. Of course, Muslim terrorists killing other Muslim terrorists is not a bad thing, but in the case of ISIS (probably supported by Al-Qaeda) as they gain strength, we know that sooner or later, they will move their killing machines back to Europe and the US.
News18 At least five reported recent anti-Taliban blasts have rocked Afghanistan in the last two days, in the first such major incidents after the militant group took over the country mid-August.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, the group’s Amaaq News Agency said on its Telegram channel on Sunday. “More than 35 Taliban militia members were killed or wounded, in a series of explosions that took place,” the militant group said, referring to blasts on Saturday and Sunday.
AFP reported that two people were killed when three blasts struck Jalalabad on Saturday, at least one of which targeted a Taliban vehicle, in the country’s first deadly attack since the United States withdrew. “In one attack a Taliban vehicle patrolling in Jalalabad was targeted,” a Taliban official who asked not to be named told AFP. “Women and children were among the injured,” he added.
An official from the health department of Nangarhar Province told AFP that three people died and 18 were wounded, while several local media reported the attacks left at least two dead.
Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar, which is the heartland of the Islamic State group’s Afghan branch. Although both ISIS and the Taliban are hardline Sunni Islamist militants, they have differed on the minutiae of religion and strategy. That tussle has led to bloody fighting between the two.