Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan

(G.N.S) DT.13 At least 6 people have been killed and almost 20 others injured in a suicide attack in Nangarhar's Jalalabad City on Sunday, reported TOLO News.

Afghan security forces surrounded the area and were still battling the gunmen hours after the initial explosions.

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.

The incident occurred around midday when militants armed with suicide jackets and automatic guns stormed the provincial government's customs and finance department, triggering a gun battle, said an official on the condition of anonymity.

Most have been in capital city Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

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Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other. "Ten civilians and security forces were killed and 42 wounded", Khogyani said.

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report. 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 talks 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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