At least 7 killed as blasts, gunshots rock E. Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

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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.

"I then saw at least two armed attackers entering the building".

The attack targeted the tax and revenue office of Nangarhar Province in the city center of Jalalabad on May 13.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

The provincial governor's spokesman also added that the security forces managed to rescue at least forty two people, including civilians and government workers.

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Most have been in the capital Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25 in an attack claimed by Islamic State that followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident.

A auto 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.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the ISIS group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

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

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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