AFGHANISTAN: Government building attacked in Jalalabad, 12 dead
14 May, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Kim Reid
Two explosions rocked the eastern Afghanistan city and was followed by fight between militants and government forces. "So far six civilians (have been) killed and 33 wounded". The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.
Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the auto bomb attack.
The situation was reported to be tense as at the time of writing a gun battle still going on.
At least three explosions were heard at the start of the attack, in a building housing the state accounts office, Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor said. He added that 42 other people were wounded during a five-hour battle.
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The assault comes days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least ten people.
Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.
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Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.
The Taliban and ISIS have made clear their intentions to disrupt the elections.
The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan government.
Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in the province, some 120 km east of Afghan capital of Kabul.
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Heavy security forces arrived at the spot of the attack.
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