An insurgent aiming to attack counter-narcotics campaigners was killed after his explosive-packed car exploded eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.
The incident happened in Marko Bazaar area of Ghani Khel district, Nangarhar province.
The attacker was aiming to hit a base of workers who were tasked to clear opium fields, where all the staff were present, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.
He detonated explosives he was carrying before reaching the target. The blast left no other casualties, but the suicide attacker himself, the statement said.
A Corolla-type car nearby was damaged in the blast. The car was carrying drugs, the statement added.
There was no immediate comment on the incident from the Taliban or Islamic State.
Nangarhar has been a stronghold for IS in the region.
Opium production in Afghanistan increased 43 percent, as eradication decreased due to growing insecurity. Drugs are seen a source of funding for insurgents.
The latest incident in Nangarhar comes a day after Afghan security officials discovered and defused an explosive-packed car in a house in the same area.