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Government compound in Eastern Afghanistan attacked by suicide bomber and gunman

Afghans look at at a car hit damaged a suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2019. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
September 18, 2019

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

At least one suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked a government building in eastern Afghanistan, wounding 12 people, including a child and a woman, officials say.

Attackers detonated explosives outside the building in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, said Ataullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman and a provincial council member.

Khogyani added that fighting was ongoing.

“Security forces are in the area to rescue the staff” at the electronic identification registration center, said Khogyani.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Taliban and Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan.

Militant attacks have continued as Afghanistan prepares for a presidential election later this month, while U.S.-Taliban talks over a peace deal have collapsed.