Published: Mon, May 14, 2018

At least six dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city

At least six dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city

At least six people were killed and close to 20 injured in what is suspected to be a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Sunday, reported TOLO News.

A spokesperson for Nangarhar provincial governor Attahullah Khogyani said the encounter between the two groups broke out following a series of explosions in a building housing the state accounts office. A gun battle ensued between Afghan security officials and the militants, according to Al Jazeera.

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.

Qaderi said at least four attackers then stormed into the building with rocket-propelled-grenade launchers and AK-47 assault rifles.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. 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. He says there were at least two explosions followed by a gunbattle that was still underway.

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan Government.Operation Al Khandaq will target U.S. forces and "their Intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said in late April.

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