At least 7 killed as blasts, gunshots rock E. Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

Hannah Rogers
May 14, 2018

Following the blast, four attackers stormed the finance directorate in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, triggering heavy fighting with security officials. Four bodies and about 20 wounded people had been brought to Jalalabad hospitals so far, said Dr Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city's health department.

A gun battle ensued between Afghan security officials and the militants, according to Al Jazeera. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

"I then saw at least two armed attackers entering the building".

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.

The attack targeted the tax and revenue office of Nangarhar Province in the city center of Jalalabad on May 13.

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Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in Nangarhar province, some 120 km east of Kabul.

April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centres as Afghanistan gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October.

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

In Afghanistan, nine people were killed and more than thirty six injured in multiple blasts in Jalalabad on Sunday.

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