Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

At least nine people were killed and another almost 40 injured as an intense clash went on between Taliban assailants and security forces in this capital city of eastern Nangarhar province Sunday.

A spokesperson for Nangarhar provincial governor Attahullah Khogyani said the encounter between the two groups broke out following a series of explosions in a building housing the state accounts office.

Public health officials said that at least 15 people, including a child, had been killed and 42 wounded. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack targeted the tax and revenue office of Nangarhar Province in the city center of Jalalabad on May 13. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

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Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.

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

However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

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