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A car bomb blast at a military checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province has killed at least 14 people

A car bomb blast at a military checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province has killed at least 14 people,A car bomb blast at a military checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province has killed at least 14 people, Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a car bombing in eastern Afghanistan that officials say killed at least 14 soldiers when it targeted a military base in Nangarhar.

Local councilor Ajmad Omar said four other troops were wounded in the attack on January 30, in the Shrizad district near the border with Pakistan.

The dpa news agency quoted a spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, claiming that the militant group carried out the attack and saying casualty figures were higher.

Both the Taliban — who are engaged in mostly deadlocked peace talks with the Afghan government in Qatar — and Islamic State (IS) are active in the area.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Interior Ministry and a lawmaker are providing contradictory accounts of a deadly clash that occurred in the central Wardak Province a day earlier.

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