AFGHANISTAN: Government building attacked in Jalalabad, 12 dead

14 May, 2018, 06:05 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

At least four people were killed when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building on Sunday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said.

Earlier, he said the attack had been carried out by four attackers and that there had been two explosions.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

Inamullah Miakhel, a local health department spokesman, said at least six people had been killed in Sunday's attack and around 30 wounded had been brought to city hospitals, the number of casualties could rise with the battle still going.

There were multiple blasts as they fought off security forces in a gun battle that lasted much of the day. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added.

According to the local Ashna Radio, a suicide-car bombing followed an exchange of fire at the directorate.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

The militant attack is the latest in a series across Afghanistan this year.

The assault came days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least ten people.

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

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