Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

(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.

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

According to a member of the provincial council, the encounter between at least four attackers, armed with rocket propelled grenades and machineguns and security forces is still going on. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.

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Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added. The battle took place inside a building which houses the state accounts office. Most have been in the capital Kabul, but in January, gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25. That attack, also claimed by Daesh, followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident.

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

Earlier, he said there had been two explosions.

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Violence has escalated across Afghanistan since the announcement of the Taliban's annual spring offensive last month.

Dozens of people have been killed in voter registration centres in recent weeks.

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