Multiple blasts hit Afghan city, gun battle underway

Glen Norman
May 14, 2018

At least six people were killed and close to 20 injured in what is suspected to be a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Sunday, reported TOLO News.

The incident occurred around midday when militants armed with suicide jackets and automatic guns stormed the provincial government's customs and finance department, triggering a gun battle, said an official on the condition of anonymity.


Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the vehicle bomb attack. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added.

The attack targeted the tax and revenue office of Nangarhar Province in the city center of Jalalabad on May 13. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group, while Taliban fighters are also active there.


The militant attack is the latest in a series across Afghanistan this year.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.


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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