Blasts in eastern city of Afghanistan leaves three dead

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Several blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan left at least three dead and over a dozen more injured, Reuters reported, citing two sources.

It was not immediately clear who the target may have been or who was behind the attack. Jalalabad is situated in the Nangarhar province, where an Islamic State group is reportedly active. 

“It is too early to say how they carried out the attack,” an official for the Taliban told The Guardian, who said that the group was looking into the nature of the explosions.  “We can’t say for sure who might be behind the blasts.”

The deadly explosions come only a few weeks after a deadly suicide bombing near the Kabul airport, which killed 13 U.S. service members and wounded more than 100 Afghans. ISIS-K, which considers the Taliban an enemy, claimed responsibility for the attack, taking advantage of an already unsafe security situation as people crowded outside the airport in effort to evacuate the country amid newly minted Taliban rule.

Some within the international community were already concerned that the environment in Afghanistan would once again become tumultuous and even provide a breeding ground for terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda.

Leon Panetta, who served as Defense Secretary during the Obama administration, said earlier this month he didn’t “see a good story here” in regards to the future of Afghanistan.

“I don’t see a good story here with regards to Afghanistan. I think that the Taliban taking over Afghanistan is pretty much the same Taliban that controlled Afghanistan on 9/11. And that was pretty much confirmed recently, when they appointed hardliners to their government, people who were in power on 9/11, and in addition, appointed Haqqani as interior minister, a global terrorist, really, to be interior secretary and in charge of internal security,” Panetta told Greta Van Susteren in an interview earlier this month.

“I am reading, and those actions and the other actions that are being taken to shut down protests and really inhibit women’s rights there, that this is a Taliban that will indeed continue to provide a safe haven for terrorists, and that spells trouble for the United States,” he added.

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