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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attacks on Taliban In Afghanistan, said ‘More than 35 Taliban killed’

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, the group’s Amaaq News Agency said on its Telegram channel on Sunday. 

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“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. 

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban about the death count.

Sources had told Reuters on Saturday at least three people were killed and about 20 were wounded in blasts in Jalalabad, the capital of Nanjarhar province.

The sources had said they were citing information from hospitals and eyewitnesses. Local media reported that a pickup truck carrying Taliban fighters was the target of a bomb in the eastern city of Jalalabad—the capital of Nangarhar province, the heartland of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan branch—on Sunday.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in a blitz campaign last month, overrunning the capital of Kabul while U.S. and NATO were in the final phase of withdrawing their troops.

The last foreign soldiers left Afghanistan on August 30. 

Taliban and IS are hardline Sunni Islamist groups, but they differ on the issues of religion and strategy, which has led to bloody fighting between the two.

Both groups subscribe to a harsh interpretation of Islam, but the Taliban have focused on taking control of Afghanistan, while IS affiliates in Afghanistan and elsewhere call for global jihad.  

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