Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

At least three explosions were heard at the start of the attack on the building housing the state accounts office, the first from a auto bomb detonated at the entrance, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and gun battle at the site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan.

The assault came days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least ten people.

According to a member of the provincial council, the encounter between at least four attackers, armed with rocket propelled grenades and machineguns and security forces is still going on.

Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News nine people have been killed and 39 others injured so far in the attack.

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Security forces are fighting back, he said, adding that six civilians have been killed. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the group's Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan government. Most have been in the capital Kabul.

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