Dead In Eastern Afghanistan City After Gun Battle Starts, Bomb Detonates

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Attack Tax Office In Eastern Afghanistan

The incident occurred around midday when militants armed with suicide jackets and automatic guns stormed the provincial government's customs and finance department, triggering a gun battle, said an official on the condition of anonymity.

After several hours of fighting that sent plumes of smoke rising into the sky above the accounts office, Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said that Sunday's clash had ended with all the gunmen killed.

Inamullah Miakhial, a Nangarhar hospital spokesman, also confirmed the dead toll and said that more than 40 wounded people are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The assault in the eastern city of Jalalabad was the latest deadly violence to strike Afghanistan as militant groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify air strikes and ground offensives.

Earlier, he said the attack had been carried out by four attackers and that there had been two explosions. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other.

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

The militant attack is the latest in a series across Afghanistan this year.

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