At least six dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city

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Multiple blasts hit the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad today (May 13) in a coordinated attack that killed six people and wounded dozens, police said.

Smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunbattle between Afghan security forces and a handful of militants in Jalalabad city on Sunday. "My friends ran to hide and I jumped from a window", he told AFP from a Jalalabad hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a broken arm and leg.

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

According to the local Ashna Radio, a suicide-car bombing followed an exchange of fire at the directorate.

Daesh has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the militant group's Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence.

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

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

April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centers as the country gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October. One attacker is also down.

However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

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



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