Explosions in Jalalabad leave 9 dead, 36 injured

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

At least four people were killed and 20 injured when militants attacked a government office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday.

At least three explosions were heard at the start of the attack on the building housing the state accounts office, the first from a auto bomb detonated at the entrance, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

He also added that the attack left at least forty two people wounded, including civilians, Customs Department workers, and security personnel.

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He said security forces killed six of the attackers after two of them carried out suicide attacks near the building's entrance. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility of today's blasts.

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

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

But the Islamic State group has also stepped up attacks in recent months, particularly in Kabul.

The incident follows a string of explosions in the country, with the latest suicide twin blasts in the capital city of Kabul killing 25 people and injuring up to 45. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.

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