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‘Blast kills 2, wounds 3 in Afghanistan’

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A bomb explosion has left at least two civilians dead and three others wounded in eastern Afghanistan, police and government sources say, Press TV reports.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning after a bicycle bomb went off in Jalalabad, the capital city of the eastern province of Nangarhar.

“An Improvised Explosive Device attached to a bicycle was detonated at around 7:00 a.m. local time in Pul-e-Behsud area of the city. The explosion killed two innocent civilians and injured three others,” the provincial government said in a press statement.

The two dead men were from Afghan Intelligence Agency and National Army.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly incident. But the statement blamed the Taliban group for the bomb attack.

Improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, are by far the most lethal weapons the Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces.

On Monday night, Afghan forces shot dead a suicide bomber who tried to attack a police checkpoint near the Kabul International Airport.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led troops.

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