Unclaimed bombing kills Taliban police chief, wounds 11

Unclaimed bombing kills Taliban police chief, wounds 11 amid Islamic State terror
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The attack, which occurred in Asadabad on Thursday, claimed the lives of a Taliban police chief, wounding almost a dozen others, including seven civilians.
A Taliban police chief was killed by the blast [Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty-file photo]

A bomb ripped through a vehicle carrying a Taliban police chief in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing him and wounding 11 others, officials said.

The blast happened in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, targeting the Taliban police chief for Shigal district, an official from the Islamist group said.

"The police chief has died and eleven people have been wounded," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A doctor in Kunar central hospital confirmed to AFP that it had received 11 wounded people – four Taliban fighters and seven civilians.

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No one claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group, the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, and which is active in the country's east, has claimed similar attacks on the Taliban in the past.

The Taliban have battled with IS-K since its emergence in Afghanistan in 2014.

IS-K has claimed responsibility for some of the most recent attacks, including a suicide bombing among worshippers last week in a Shia mosque in Kunduz province that killed around 100 people.