Four killed, over 20 injured in multiple blasts in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Jalalabad attack

The local officials in eastern Nangarhar province confirm that the coordinated attack on Customs Department in Jalalabad city ended with the elimination of the remaining six militants.

Gunmen entered the general finance directorate in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the auto bomb attack. He says there were at least two explosions followed by a gunbattle that was still underway.

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Afghan security forces surrounded the area and were still battling the gunmen hours after the initial explosions. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

The Islamic State group claimed it carried out the attack, in a statement from its Amaq propaganda agency.

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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. Most have been in the capital Kabul. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.

Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in the country for civilians as security forces struggle to keep the militants at bay following the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014.

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