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At least four dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city: officials

AFP  |  Jalalabad (Afghanistan) 

At least four people were killed when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building today in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said.

There were two explosions near the city's directorate of finance, Nangarhar provincial governor's told AFP, adding that "a number of attackers" had entered the building.

"Security forces are in the area chasing and fighting them," he said.

Four bodies and about 20 wounded people had been brought to hospitals so far, said Dr Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city's health department.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but fighters are also active there.

It was the latest deadly violence to strike as militant groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify air strikes and ground offensives.

The have rejected growing calls to accept Ashraf Ghani's offer of talks to end the 16-year conflict.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 15:00 IST