Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

At least four people were killed and 20 injured when militants attacked a government office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday.

The attack began when one attacker blew himself up at the gate of the building in the center of the city, allowing the gunmen to enter.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the group's Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence.

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. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added.

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

Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in Nangarhar province, some 120 km east of Kabul.

The Taliban have seized control of districts across the country, and the two groups have carried out attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in recent months that killed scores of people. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll.

Heavy security forces arrived at the spot of the attack.

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