Afghanistan: 9 killed in Jalalabad attack

Afghanistan: Blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

Afghanistan: Blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

Two explosions rocked the eastern Afghanistan city and was followed by fight between militants and government forces.

Heavy security forces arrived at the spot of the attack.

"Around noon a big boom shook our building", Qaisar, an employee, told AFP from a Jalalabad hospital. "They were killed in the blast that happened at the entrance", he said.

At least six people were killed and almost 20 others wounded in Jalalabad suicide attack on Sunday afternoon, a source at Nangarhar's Health Department confirmed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. The UN tweeted that it will investigate the reports of civilian casualties, which are prohibited under worldwide law. Both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar. He informed up to 30 people were wounded in this ongoing assault.

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

Security forces are fighting back, he said, adding that six civilians have been killed.

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