At least nine dead after bomb, gun battle in Afghan city

14 May, 2018, 06:09 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Afghan security personnel stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar

At least eight people have been killed in a vehicle bomb explosion near a provincial government building in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.

The governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that nine people had been killed so far and 39 others injured in the 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. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar Province.

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The assault in the eastern city of Jalalabad was the latest deadly violence to strike Afghanistan as militant groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify air strikes and ground offensives.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

There were multiple blasts as they fought off security forces in a gun battle that lasted much of the day.

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.

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