Militants attack Afghan government building, at least 9 dead

Militants attack Afghan government building, at least 9 dead
Smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunbattle between Afghan security forces and a handful of militants in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan May 13, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 13 May 2018

Militants attack Afghan government building, at least 9 dead

Militants attack Afghan government building, at least 9 dead
  • At least 30 people were wounded, says Inamullah Miakhial, spokesman for the Nangarhar hospital
  • No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack

KABUL, Afghanistan: Militants attacked a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people, according to provincial officials.
Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar province, said the building belonging to the provincial finance directorate in the provincial capital, Jalalabad. He said there were at least two explosions followed by a gunbattle that was still underway, adding that security forces have surrounded the building.
Inamullah Miakhial, spokesman for the Nangarhar hospital, said at least 30 people were wounded.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Taliban and a local Daesh affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar.