Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

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At least four persons were killed and as many as 20 were injured in a gunbattle between security forces and a group of militants in Afghanistan's Jalalabad on Sunday. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

A group of heavily armed insurgents stormed the provincial Revenue Department in Jalalabad, starting a stand-off with security forces.

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. He said security forces had arrived at the site engaging the insurgents.

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According to the local Ashna Radio, a suicide-car bombing followed an exchange of fire at the directorate.

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

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, in a busy area of the city with many other official buildings nearby, including a school in which about 1,000 girls were trapped as the fighting raged.

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On May 6, an explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost killed at least 10 people and wounded 29.

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

But the Islamic State group has also stepped up attacks in recent months, particularly in Kabul.

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