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Islamic State attack underlines growing threat to NGOs in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar, Zabul, Kunar, Jowzjan, and Badakhshan provinces

01 February 2018


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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