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Multiple blasts hit Afghanistan's Jalalabad, at least 4 dead

Multiple blasts hit Afghanistan's Jalalabad, at least 4 dead

The local officials in eastern Nangarhar province confirm that the coordinated attack on Customs Department in Jalalabad city ended with the elimination of the remaining six militants.

The attack triggered a gunbattle between the militants and security forces in a building housing the state accounts office, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said eight civilians, including three finance department employees, were killed in the vehicle bomb attack.

In January, gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

Afghan security forces battled a group of attackers who stormed a government building.

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

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The attack took place 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. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intentions to disrupt the elections. However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

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

Heavy security forces arrived at the spot of the attack.