9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

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

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At least six people were killed and almost 20 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city near the gate of the finance department. The battle took place inside a building which houses the state accounts office.

"Security forces are in the area chasing and fighting them", he said, adding that one attacker "is down" and the clearing operation was continuing. "So far six civilians (have been) killed and 33 wounded".

No group including the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

A public office in eastern Afghanistan came under an armed attack on Sunday, officials said.

The body of a policeman and eight civilians, along with 36 wounded people had been brought to hospitals in Jalalabad, said Dr Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city health department. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by. However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

Dozens of people have been killed in voter registration centres in recent weeks, leading to fears that people could stay away from the elections, seen as a major test of the government's credibility. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

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