AFGHANISTAN: Government building attacked in Jalalabad, 12 dead

14 May, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Explosion, Gunfire Reported In Nangarhar's Jalalabad City

At least nine people were killed and more than 30 injured when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building Sunday in an hours-long attack in an eastern Afghan city, officials said.

According to Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, a suicide auto bomb first exploded outside the building of the provincial finance directorate in the country's eastern city of Jalalabad, after which the attackers stormed the building.

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

On May 6, an explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost killed at least 10 people and wounded 29.

Militants exchanged fire with security officials inside and security forces managed to kill one of the attackers. He later said the heavily-armed attackers were also carrying grenades. There were multiple blasts as they fought off security forces in a gun battle that lasted much of the day.

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Earlier, he said there had been two explosions.

"A number of attackers had entered the building".

No individual or group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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

Previous year the United States increased its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and more air strikes in an effort to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.

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