15 killed as blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

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At least six Afghan nationals were killed and 20 others injured on Sunday in deadly suicide blasts followed by a gun battle between Afghan security forces and militants in Jalalabad area of Afghanistan.

At least eight people have been killed in a auto bomb explosion near a provincial government building in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.

Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added. My friends ran to hide and I jumped from a window.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Fourty-two people were also wounded.

Bordering Pakistan's restive tribal belt, Nangarhar has significant numbers of pro-Daesh and Taliban militants in various parts of the province.

Escalating militant attacks in Afghanistan have left 763 people dead and injured 1,495 others between January and March of this year, according to the quarterly United Nations civilian casualty report released in April.

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.

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The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace overture by the Afghan government. "Global humanitarian law prohibits targeting civilians at any time, under any circumstance", it said in a statement.

But the Islamic State group has also stepped up attacks in recent months, particularly in Kabul. He informed up to 30 people were wounded in this ongoing assault.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the United States 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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