AFGHANISTAN: Government building attacked in Jalalabad, 12 dead

Explosion, Gunfire Reported In Nangarhar's Jalalabad City

According to Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, a suicide auto bomb first exploded outside the building of the provincial finance directorate in the country's eastern city of Jalalabad, after which the attackers stormed the building.

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

Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and a gun battle in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on May 13, 2018.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year. He later said the heavily-armed attackers were also carrying grenades.

Earlier, he said there had been two explosions.

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In Sunday's attack, one militant blew himself up at the gate of the building in the centre of the city, allowing the others to enter, said Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council.

Till now, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

Their Operation Al Khandaq will target United States forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said on 25 April. Both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar. Most have been in the capital Kabul.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

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