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At least nine killed after multiple blasts rock Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

At least nine killed after multiple blasts rock Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

At least four persons were killed and as many as 20 were injured in a gunbattle between security forces and a group of militants in Afghanistan's Jalalabad on Sunday.

Nangarhar provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani informed AFP that there were two explosions near the city's directorate of finance.

As the battle continued, smoke could be seen rising from the accounts office building.

At least nine people, including a child, had been killed and 36 wounded, public health officials said.

Gunmen rushed the building following the first blast at the entrance, a member of the provincial council told Reuters. Other insurgents then stormed the building, said officials.

Israel defence minister to Syria's Assad: 'throw Iranians out'
Israel says it has a series of "red lines" in Syria; among them, preventing Iran's military entrenchment in the country. Interfax reported that Syria, which uses Russian-made aerial defenses, intercepted about half of the Israeli missiles.

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

On May 6, an explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost killed at least 10 people and wounded 29.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centres as Afghanistan gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October. However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.


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