The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group loyalists claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on local tribal elders in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The group issued a statement in Arabic language claiming that the attack left at least 15 people dead and several others wounded. The statement further added that the attack was carried out by the group’s fighter Salman Al-Khurasani, targeting the Pacher Agam district elders in south of Jalalabad city.
However, the local security officials said at least 4 people, all civilians, were killed in the attack and at least 6 others were wounded.The attack in Khalis Family area of Jalalabad city on Monday afternoon came as the local tribal elders had gathered to discuss the situation of the province.
The ISIS loyalists have recently increased to their insurgency activities in the remote areas of Nangarhar including in Pacher Agam district. The deputy house speaker of the Afghan parliament Zahir Qadir earlier warned that the terror group is attempting to establish the Khurasan Caliphate in the country.
Qadir said the loyalists of the terror group have managed to take control of a strategic area in Pacher Agam and are looking to expand foothold in the neighboring Tora Bora mountainous region, warning that the Caliphate will start taking shape if they managed to seize Tora Bora.