Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

Afghanistan: Blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

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

At least four attackers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns were fighting police, he said.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the group's Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence.

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It was the latest in a series of high-profile attacks that have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan this year and put heavy pressure on the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added.

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

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Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News nine people have been killed and 39 others injured so far in the attack. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar Province.

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.

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