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Afghan government building attacked, at least nine killed

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
13 May 2018, 23:49 GMT+10

KABUL, Afghanistan - In yet another terrorist attack, a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan suffered an attack on Sunday, which left at least nine people dead.

According to Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, a suicide car bomb first exploded outside the building of the provincial finance directorate in the countrys eastern city of Jalalabad, after which the attackers stormed the building.

Militants exchanged fire with security officials inside and security forces managed to kill one of the attackers.

Gunbattle ensued for a while after the building came under attack but security forces managed to surround the building.

Khogyani added that at least three explosions were heard at the start of the attack on the building housing the state accounts office, the first of which was from a car bomb detonated at the entrance.

The other explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he said.

Adding that at least four attackers, armed with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, fought the police for a while after the initial blast was heard.

A spokesman for the Nangarhar hospital, Inamullah Miakhial also confirmed later that nine people were killed in the attack, including a child and over 36 others were injured.

While both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar, no group claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.

In recent months, both the groups have carried out separate attacks targeting the Afghan capital, Kabul, that have killed scores of people.

Ever since 2014, when the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat role in the country, Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS.

The countrys forces have shifted to a support and counterterrorism mission, even as the Taliban continues to seize control of districts across the country.

The attack on Sunday became the latest in a series that have killed and wounded hundreds in Afghanistan this year and put heavy pressure on the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.

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