9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

At least four people were killed and more than 20 were injured in a series of explosions in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, Reuters reported quoting officials.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission. 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.

Security forces are fighting back, he said, adding that six civilians have been killed.

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

At least nine people, including a child, had been killed and 36 wounded, public health officials said. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

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The attack targeted the tax and revenue office of Nangarhar Province in the city center of Jalalabad on May 13.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.

Their Operation Al Khandaq will target U.S. forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said on April 25.

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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