Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

  • Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

Afghan security forces battled for five hours against a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said.

He said at least four attackers, armed with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, still appeared to be fighting police.

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report.

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

Nangarhar provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani informed AFP that there were two explosions near the city's directorate of finance.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year. There were multiple blasts as they fought off security forces in a gun battle that lasted much of the day.

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

Last month, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people, including women and children, and wounded 119 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul in the latest attack on election preparations.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.

However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks. Most have been in the capital Kabul.

Heavy security forces arrived at the spot of the attack.