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Bombings and Gunfire Challenge Taliban Rule in Islamic State Afghan Stronghold

Bombings and Gunfire Challenge Taliban Rule in Islamic State Afghan Stronghold

KABUL—A spate of attacks killed at least five people in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Wednesday, the latest outbreak of violence in an area where Islamic State’s regional affiliate is mounting a challenge to the Taliban’s control of the country.

Militants carried out at least two bombings and a gun attack Wednesday in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s provincial capital. In the shooting attack, at least two Taliban fighters and a civilian were killed, according to local residents. Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or ISKP, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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