Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

Multiple blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad have killed at least four people and wounded more than 20 others, health officials said.

Afghan security forces surrounded the area and were still battling the gunmen hours after the initial explosions.

Qaderi said at least four attackers then stormed into the building with rocket-propelled-grenade launchers and AK-47 assault rifles. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

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

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.

Nine journalists, including AFP's chief photographer in Kabul Shah Marai, were among the 25 people killed in a double suicide blast claimed by IS in the capital on 30 April.

"There were eight terrorists who carried out a coordinated attack in Jalalabad city, killing ten people", Khogyani said.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

The Taliban and ISIS have made clear their intentions to disrupt the elections.

But the Islamic State group has also stepped up attacks in recent months, particularly in Kabul.

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

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