Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

14 May, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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At least three explosions were heard at the start of the attack on the building housing the state accounts office, the first from a auto bomb detonated at the entrance, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

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.

Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and gun battle at the site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan.

Earlier, he said the attack had been carried out by four attackers and that there had been two explosions. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added.

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Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

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

The provincial governor's spokesman also added that the security forces managed to rescue at least forty two people, including civilians and government workers. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll.

Violence has escalated across Afghanistan since the announcement of the Taliban's annual spring offensive last month and there have been heightened security fears around preparations for elections in October.

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