9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

  • 9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

9 killed in multiple blasts in Jalalabad attack

Terrified employees flung themselves from windows to escape as security forces battled the attackers for more than four hours, before all eight assailants were killed, Khogyani said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

At least three explosions were heard at the beginning of what authorities believe to be a coordinated attack, Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attahullah Khogyani said.

Four bodies and about 20 wounded people had been brought to Jalalabad hospitals so far, said Dr Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city's health department.

Last month, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people, including women and children, and wounded 119 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul in the latest attack on election preparations.

"I saw two rickshaw drivers on the ground with their arms blown off", said Khan Mohammad, a local resident who saw the initial blasts and the start of the gun battle.

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan government. Six attackers were killed by security forces. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the ISIS group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

Past year the United States increased its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and more air strikes in an effort to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.