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, Tolonews.com, Khaama.com, and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan