Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

At least four people were killed when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building on Sunday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by. Six attackers were killed by security forces.

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

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added.

According to the local Ashna Radio, a suicide-car bombing followed an exchange of fire at the directorate.

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

He also added that the attack left at least forty two people wounded, including civilians, Customs Department workers, and security personnel. 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 militant attack is the latest in a series across Afghanistan this year.

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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