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Multiple blasts injure 80 people in Afghanistan on Independence Day

ISLAMABAD, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- Around 80 people were wounded in a series of blasts at restaurants and public squares during Independence Day events in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, said a health official.
Monday's attacks took place as Afghanistan marked the 100th anniversary of its independence from British rule.
A senior health official, Fahim Bashari confirmed that around 80 people were wounded after blasts targeted Independence Day events.
He added that a number of the wounded people are in critical conditions at health centers. Nangarhar Governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel said that the blasts were IEDs that were detonated in different parts of the city.
At least six explosions occurred in Jalalabad city and two more happened in Khogyani district of the province.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet. The series of blasts came after a suicide bomber targeted a wedding hall in the Afghan capital city Kabul killing around 63 people and injuring 180 others on Saturday.
Independence Day celebrations in Kabul have been curtailed out of respect for those who died in the attack. (end) sbk.mt