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Deadly Nangarhar blast was caused by a gas cylinder: MoI



(Last Updated On: January 10, 2022)

Nine children were killed and many others injured in a gas cylinder explosion in the Lal Pur district of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, said the deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior Aqil Jan Ezam.

“Nine school children were martyred and a number injured,” said Ezam.

This comes after initial reports indicated the children had been killed in an unexploded ordnance (UXO) incident.

However, the MoI spokesman confirmed Monday afternoon a local corn vendor’s gas cylinder had exploded.

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Eight people die in Nangarhar traffic accident



(Last Updated On: March 22, 2022)

Eight people including four women and a child died and two others were injured when two vehicles collided in Nangarhar province on Monday evening, local officials confirmed.

According to officials, the incident took place in PD6 of Jalalabad city.

The officials said that four women, and one child died and another woman was injured.

Jawad Sherzad, head of Nangarhar traffic department, confirmed the accident and said that the injured people had been transferred to Nangarhar regional hospital for treatment.

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Dozens of Daesh militants surrender to IEA in Nangarhar: Officials



(Last Updated On: February 6, 2022)

At least 50 Daesh (ISIS-K) militants have surrendered to Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, local officials said on Sunday.

According to the IEA, the militants surrendered following mediation efforts by tribal elders.

Dr. Bashir, head of Nangarhar Intelligence Directorate, said that based on an amnesty decree, Daesh militants surrendered to the IEA and that the process is “ongoing”.

“Fifty of them are Daesh, who came from eight districts and surrendered to Islamic Emirate,” said Bashir.

The militants have also expressed remorse and said they regret having joined the group.

“They (Daesh) are very cruel people. I regret what I did. I came here by myself, on my own will, and surrendered to the Islamic Emirate. We did not come here by force,” said Inamullah, one former Daesh militant.

“We are thankful to the Taliban (IEA), they are our compatriots, and forgive us. We regret our past activities. We will not repeat our [past] activities in future,” said Pasarly, another former Daesh fighter.

Nangarhar’s tribal elders have however warned the newly surrendered militants that they will face harsh consequences if they rejoin Daesh.

“We have brought them here; they vowed that they will not rejoin Daesh; and they regret their past actions,” said Ghulam Ali Malik, a tribal elder.

“The tribal elders said if the former militants rejoin Daesh, they will burn down their homes and will expel them from Afghanistan,” said Malik Zainuddin, another tribal elder.

This comes after over 500 Daesh members surrendered to the IEA in Nangarhar following the takeover of power in mid-August.

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Well known cricket umpire loses 4 relatives in Nangarhar bombing



(Last Updated On: October 3, 2020)

Bismillah Jan Shinwari, a well known Afghan cricket umpire, lost four close relatives on Saturday, including a cousin and a nephew when a suicide bomber detonated a car loaded with explosives close to the family home in Nangarhar province. 

The attack happened shortly after midday when insurgents targeted the Ghanikhail district government compound, killing at least 16 people. 

Speaking to Ariana News, Shinwari’s brother confirmed they lost a cousin, two of her children, and a nephew in the explosion. 

He said they had been on their way to a doctor when the incident happened. Another two family members were wounded, he said.

Shinwari, who was in Kabul at the time of the incident, is a well known International Cricket Council (ICC)-registered umpire who has officiated over a number of international matches, including ODIs and Twenty20 tournaments.  

His entire family, including his mother and father, live in the area where the explosion happened and as news broke of the tragedy, hundreds of messages of condolence flooded Shinwari’s Facebook page from fans around the world. 


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