At Least 5 Killed as Militants Storm Govt. Building in Afghan City

At Least 5 Killed as Militants Storm Govt. Building in Afghan City

In Afghanistan, nine people were killed and more than thirty six injured in multiple blasts in Jalalabad on Sunday.

Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide auto bomb exploded outside the building, which belongs to the provincial finance directorate.

A gun battle continued for several hours with around a dozen attackers who ran into the building with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. 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.

The attack took place in a busy area of the city with many other official buildings nearby, including a school in which around 1,000 girls were trapped as the fighting raged.

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

A public office in eastern Afghanistan came under an armed attack on Sunday, officials said.

The body of a policeman and eight civilians, including the three finance department employees, along with 36 wounded people had been brought to hospitals in Jalalabad, said Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city health department. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added.

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