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Public office in Afghanistan comes under armed attack

14 May, 2018, 13:19 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan

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.

The provincial governor's spokesman also added that the security forces managed to rescue at least forty two people, including civilians and government workers.

He said at least four attackers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, still appeared to be fighting police. My friends ran to hide and I jumped from a window.

Bordering Pakistan's restive tribal belt, Nangarhar has significant numbers of pro-Daesh and Taliban militants in various parts of the province. Both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar.

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"There were eight terrorists who carried out a coordinated attack in Jalalabad city, killing ten people", Khogyani said. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll. "Global humanitarian law prohibits targeting civilians at any time, under any circumstance", it said in a statement.

Mr Qaderi's account of the attack also varied from Khugyani's.

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

Last year, the United States increased its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and more air strikes in an effort to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.

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