Multiple blasts and gun battle in eastern Afghan city

May 14, 2018, 13:17
Multiple blasts and gun battle in eastern Afghan city

Security forces are fighting back, he said, adding that six civilians have been killed.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the vehicle bomb attack.

Ten people died and some 30 were injured when a public office in eastern Afghanistan came under armed attack on Sunday, officials said.

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At least two explosion were heard from inside the building, but it was unclear what type of explosions they were, Mr Qaderi said.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

Escalating militant attacks in Afghanistan have left 763 people dead and injured 1,495 others between January and March of this year, according to the quarterly United Nations civilian casualty report released in April.

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A thick column of smoke rose into the sky after two explosions near Jalalabad's directorate of finance, the Nangarhar provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP, adding that "a number of attackers" had entered the building.

"I saw two rickshaw pullers on the ground with their arms blown off", said Khan Mohammad, a resident who saw the initial blasts and the start of the gunfight.

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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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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