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Explosions in Afghanistan on 100th Independence Day, Wound Dozens

A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 34 people, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.

No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs but both, the militant Islamic State (IS) group and the Afghan Taliban militants operate in the area.

The Jalalabad bombs were planted near a market where hundreds of people had congregated after attending Independence Day events. Senior health official Fahim Bashari said at least 34 people were wounded.

President Ashraf Ghani, in an Independence Day address in Kabul, called on the international community to stand with Afghanistan to eradicate the militants’ “nests”.

“Our fight against the Daesh will continue,” he said, referring to IS.

US President Donald Trump is hoping to withdraw all of America’s troops from Afghanistan before the 2020 presidential election.

He said the United States would seek to get troop levels below 13,000 but leave “very significant” intelligence capabilities behind.

The Taliban said in an Independence Day statement they were looking forward to the departure of all foreign forces.

Independence Day ceremonies in Kabul were curtailed out of respect for those who died in the Saturday night bomb, the government said.

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