Four killed, several injured after militants attack Afghanistan finance office

Jalalabad attack

Jalalabad attack

At least three explosions were heard at the Custom's Finance Department on Sunday in what appeared to be a coordinated attack. A gun battle ensued between Afghan security officials and the militants, according to Al Jazeera.

A vehicle bomb was detonated at the entrance to the state accounts office before a group of about six attackers armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades rushed the building, the officials said.

No group has yet admitted responsibility for the attack. "Security forces are in the area chasing and fighting them", he added.

Last year, U.S. stepped up its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and increasing air strikes in a bid to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.

A provincial public health directorate official confirmed that the dead bodies of at least 9 people have been shifted to the hospitals along with at least 30 others who have sustained injuries. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.




April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centers as the country gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there. Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll.

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

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.

Most have been in the capital Kabul.

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