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Deadly attacks at TV station and football stadium in Afghan city of Jalalabad

A suicide bomber has killed at least six people in Jalalabad, a day after the Afghan city was rocked by multiple blasts which claimed two lives.

Eight were wounded in Sunday’s bombing which occurred outside a football stadium shortly after the end of a rally in support of President Ashraf Ghani.

A woman and child were among six civilians killed when a suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated explosives, local officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after bombings which killed two members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.

Militants fired a rocket at a private TV station, before two further blasts as security forces arrived at the scene.

Afghan security force members inspect the site of blast near a TV station in Jalalabad
Two people were killed in Saturday’s attack on a TV station

Soldiers and civilians were among 10 people injured in the assault, which an Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for.

IS jihadists have targeted the Afghan government in a number of terror attacks in Jalalabad this year.

In May, four attackers carried out a gun and bomb attack on the offices of state broadcaster RTA, killing six people and wounding 24.

One of the militants detonated a suicide bomb at the entrance to the compound, while the other three were killed in a gun battle with security forces.

Three months later, two security guards were killed when a pair of attackers targeted the home of Zahir Qadir, deputy speaker of the Afghan parliament.

In 2015, Qadir achieved notoriety when militia fighters loyal to him beheaded four IS militants in retaliation for the beheading of four of their comrades.

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