On 24 January, six people were killed and 27 were wounded in an attack against non-governmental organisation (NGO) Save the Children’s offices in Jalalabad, Nangarhar.
A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated outside the office and the building was also targeted using rocket-propelled grenades. The Islamic State’s news agency Amaq claimed responsibility, pointing to the involvement of the group’s Afghanistan-based faction Wilayat Khorasan and also promising to continue targeting UK and Swedish foreign aid groups in eastern Afghanistan.
Wilayat Khorasan divided its operations in mid-2017 following internal differences over leadership succession; two factions have formed, in Afghanistan’s eastern (Nangarhar, Zabul, and Kunar) and northern (Jowzjan and Badakhshan) provinces.
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