Multiple blasts hit Afghanistan's Jalalabad, at least 4 dead

Bessie Dean
May 14, 2018

(G.N.S) DT.13 At least 6 people have been killed and almost 20 others injured in a suicide attack in Nangarhar's Jalalabad City on Sunday, reported TOLO News.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council, said one attacker appeared to have blown himself up at the gate of the building and another appeared to have detonated his explosives inside the building.

Smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunbattle between Afghan security forces and a handful of militants in Jalalabad city on Sunday.

A public office in eastern Afghanistan came under an armed attack on Sunday, officials said. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

"Around noon a big boom shook our building", one employee, Qaisar, said.

Fumes can be seen coming from the revenue building in Jalalabad where government forces were battling militants. "My friends ran to hide and I jumped from a window", he told AFP from a Jalalabad hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a broken arm and leg.

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At least four people had been killed and 20 wounded, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor told the media.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

Most have been in capital city Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intentions to disrupt the elections.

Their Operation Al Khandaq will target U.S. forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said on 25 April.

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