Nangarhar Blast Kills 1, Injures 6

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At least one person was killed and six others injured in a blast at a commercial market in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, local officials said.

Speaking to TOLOnews, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said that the incident occurred in Ghanikhil District at around 4:00 pm local time.

"The attacked occurred as a result of the explosion of IEDs planted under the stairway of a commercial market in Ghanikhil District," Abdulzai said. All the victims were civilians, he added.

One person was detained after police found a suspicious object in front of his shop in the same market.

No groups, including the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide attacks and insurgent activities are increasing across the country as the spring fighting season starts.

Also on Wednesday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives under an army bus in the capital Kabul, wounding 10 people, including four civilians.

A would-be suicide bomber was shot dead by Afghan security forces near a diplomatic enclave in central Kabul on Sunday. A car full of explosive devices was seized and defused.

Security facilities in Kabul, Nangarhar and Logar have come under attack this week.

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