Coordinated attack ends in Jalalabad city, 10 dead, 42 wounded

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

At least nine people were killed and another almost 40 injured as an intense clash went on between Taliban assailants and security forces in this capital city of eastern Nangarhar province Sunday.

Security forces have cordoned off the area. Then more explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, witnesses said. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.

"A suicide mission using a vehicle bomb hit the finance ministry in Jalalabad", said the statement circulated on encrypted messaging app Telegram.

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

Khogyani further added that the attack was carried out a by group of eight militants with at least two of them detonating their explosives near the Customs Department at around 12:30 pm local time.

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The militant attack is the latest in a series across Afghanistan this year. He says there were at least two explosions followed by a gunbattle that was still underway.

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

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

Most have been in capital city Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

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