Jalalabad Bombing of Anti-ISIS, Anti-Taliban Local Councilman

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“Daesh activities have increased in Nangarhar, and residents of Nangarhar fear that extreme Taliban members might join Daesh, whose members themselves are extremists,” said Obaidullah Shinwari, a Nangarhar provincial council member.

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Death Toll Rises To 13 In Jalalabad Blast

TOLO NEWS

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At least 13 people were killed and 14 injured in a suicide bombing at a house belonging to provincial council member Obaidullah Shinwari in Jalalabad, Nangarhar on Sunday morning.

According to officials the attack took place during a gathering of tribal elders who had come together to celebrate the release of Shinwari’s brother, who had been held hostage by the Taliban for nine months.

The attack took place at about 10:20am in PD3 in the city when the suicide bomber reportedly entered the house. Once inside he detonated his explosives.

According to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khoghyani,  the death toll has risen to 13. He said 14 others were injured.

Khoghyani initially said the brother, Saminullah Shinwari, was among the dead but later retracted his statement and said the freed hostage was alive but injured. Khoghyani also confirmed that Shinwari’s father, Malek Osman – who is a tribal elder – was injured.

Officials said most of the victims are from the Shinwar tribe.

Saminullah Shinwari told TOLOnews journalist Ziar Khan that he was released by the Taliban five days ago.

He said relatives had come together on Sunday morning to welcome him home when the explosion took place. “I heard the blast but don’t know what happened after that,” he said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesman said the group had not been involved in the attack.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and all injured have been taken to hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack on the guesthouse of the member of Nangarhar Provincial Council.

He said via twitter that he expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and asks the Almighty Allah to bestow paradise on the martyrs.

He said that all concerned government officials were directed to utilize available resources for treatment of the injured countrymen.

He added that the terrorists attack public places and martyr innocent citizens because they fear facing the Security and Defense Forces on the battlefield.

He said that government will not enter into the peace talks with those that continue the war and shed the blood of innocent people.

He also said that the National Security and Defense Forces will fight back the terrorist groups with full force to protect the people and the country.

Provincial council and tribal elders of Nangarhar province have become progressively more concerned over the activities of Daesh in some districts in the province.

These members have said that both the Taliban and Daesh are increasing their activities in the area but that Daesh fighters are seen as a bigger threat than the Taliban.

Meanwhile, local officials in Nangahar said that currently Afghanistan National Security Forces are fighting anti-government armed groups in five different districts in the province.

Nangarhar provincial council warns however that if government does not step in and eliminate Daesh, the group will expand activities into neighboring provinces.

“Daesh activities have increased in Nangarhar, and residents of Nangarhar fear that extreme Taliban members might join Daesh, whose members themselves are extremists,” said Obaidullah Shinwari, a Nangarhar provincial council member.

“In some areas of the districts of Nangarhar, Taliban have taken down the white flag of Emirate, and have instead raised the black flag under the name of Daesh,” says Zabhiullah Zemarai, a member of Nangarhar provincial council.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar tribal elders have also shown concerns over increasing activities of Daesh in the province.

“Daesh group has started its activities in many districts of this province. Taliban have been destroyed in these districts and Daesh has instead started its activities,” says Malek Usman, tribal elder from Nangarhar.

The spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar has not however provided details about Daesh in the province, but said that at the moment Afghanistan National Security Forces are fighting anti-government armed groups in Kot, Nazyan, Acheen, Deh Bala and Rodat.

Reports indicate that the leader of Daesh in Khurasan is a Nangarhar resident who has been actively recruiting local Taliban for Daesh.
But some sources have said all is not always well between Daesh and Taliban with the occasional skirmish between them.

Nangarhar is in the eastern part of Afghanistan and borders Pakistan. It is divided into twenty-two districts and has a population of about 1,4 million people. The city of Jalalabad is the provincial capital.