Militants attack Afghan government building, 4 dead

At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan

At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan

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

"Around noon a big boom shook our building", Qaisar told AFP from a Jalalabad hospital.

The attack, in a busy area of the city with many other official buildings nearby, is the latest in a series that have killed and wounded hundreds in Afghanistan this year and put heavy pressure on the West-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.

"I have broken my leg and arm but was able to get out of the building".

Inamullah Miakhial, a Nangarhar hospital spokesman, also confirmed the dead toll and said that more than 40 wounded people are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

No individual or group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in Nangarhar province, some 120 km east of Kabul.

"There were eight terrorists who carried out a coordinated attack in Jalalabad city, killing ten people", Khogyani said.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections. "Worldwide humanitarian law prohibits targeting civilians at any time, under any circumstance", it said in a statement.

Nine journalists, including AFP's chief photographer in Kabul Shah Marai, were among 25 people killed in a double suicide blast claimed by IS in the capital on April 30.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and IS since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

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