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9 dead, dozens injured as multiple blasts hit eastern Afghan city

At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan Representational image
Ray Hunter | 14 May, 2018, 06:07

Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attackers killed at least four victims and that at least 20 other people were wounded.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the auto bomb attack.

Inamullah Miakhial, a Nangarhar hospital spokesman, also confirmed the dead toll and said that more than 40 wounded people are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

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. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

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Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll.

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

In Afghanistan, nine people were killed and more than thirty six injured in multiple blasts in Jalalabad on Sunday.

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