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

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

A spokesperson for Nangarhar provincial governor Attahullah Khogyani said the encounter between the two groups broke out following a series of explosions in a building housing the state accounts office.

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

The body of a policeman and eight civilians, including the three finance department employees, along with 36 wounded people had been brought to hospitals in Jalalabad, said Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city health department.

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

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, told Reuters that at least four militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, are still fighting the police.

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

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

According to Khogyani, at least six ten people, including civilians, workers of the Customs Department, and security personnel lost their lives in the attack.

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.

This article has been adapted from its original source.