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'Controlled Explosion' Reported Near Foreign Consulates In Eastern Afghan City

An explosion has been heard in an area that houses several foreign consulate buildings in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, local officials say.

Attaullah Khugyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said on January 5 that there were no immediate reports of casualties from the blast, which follows an attack on the Indian Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif on January 3.

A provincial police spokesman for the Nangarhar Province later said it was a controlled explosion carried out by police in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that "a small amount of explosives were placed in a rubbish can and police detonated it."

Based on reporting by Reuters,,, and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan