Multiple Blasts Hit East Afghanistan City, at Least Six Killed

An Afghan official says militants have attacked a government building in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least one person. 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.

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

Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News nine people have been killed and 39 others injured so far in the attack.

According to a member of the provincial council, the encounter between at least four attackers, armed with rocket propelled grenades and machineguns and security forces is still going on. It was the latest deadly violence to strike Afghanistan as militant groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify air strikes and ground offensives.

Dozens of people have been killed in voter registration centres in recent weeks, leading to fears that people could stay away from elections that are seen as a major test of the government's credibility.

The Taliban and ISIS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections. Most have been in the capital Kabul.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

  • Rogelio Becker