7 killed as blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

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

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

A gun battle ensued between Afghan security officials and the militants, according to Al Jazeera. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added.

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

Khogyani further added that the attack was carried out a by group of eight militants with at least two of them detonating their explosives near the Customs Department at around 12:30 pm local time.

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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.

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

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan government.

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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