Blast kills three tribal elders in Jalalabad

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JALALABAD: An explosion killed at least three tribal elders and wounded two when it hit a hotel in the eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday, officials said, adding no group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told media the explosion went off on the second floor of a hotel where tribal elders were staying. The elders were in Jalalabad for a meeting about a new electronic identity card being introduced by the central government.

Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan, where an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has established a stronghold in recent years.

The movement has claimed several attacks in Jalalabad, most recently last month when it targeted an office of the Save the Children aid group in the city. Gunmen stormed the office and battled security forces surrounding the building, killing at least two people and wounding 12, officials said.

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