Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Militants attack Afghan government building, 10 dead

Afghan security personnel stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar Afghan security personnel stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar
| 14 May, 2018, 06:08

Afghan security forces battled a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday in a coordinated attack that killed at least nine people and wounded dozens, local officials said.

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

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

Terrified employees flung themselves from windows to escape as security forces battled the attackers for more than four hours, before all eight assailants were killed, Khogyani said. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group, while Taliban fighters are also active there.


No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll.

The provincial governor's spokesman also added that the security forces managed to rescue at least forty two people, including civilians and government workers.

The incident follows a string of explosions in the country, with the latest suicide twin blasts in the capital city of Kabul killing 25 people and injuring up to 45.

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