At least nine people were killed and more than 30 injured when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building yesterday in a continuing attack in an eastern Afghan city, officials said.
Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide vehicle bomb exploded outside the building, which belongs to the provincial finance directorate.
Fighting between the assailants and Afghan security forces is on-going and one attacker has been killed, he said.
The attack, in a busy area of the city with many other official buildings nearby, is the latest in a series that have killed and wounded hundreds in Afghanistan this year and put heavy pressure on the West-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani. "Some of my friends are still stuck there". That attack, also claimed by Islamic State, followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident.
At least two explosion were heard from inside the building, but it was unclear what type of explosions they were, Mr Qaderi said.
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Bordering Pakistan's restive tribal belt, Nangarhar has significant numbers of pro-Daesh and Taliban militants in various parts of the province.
The assault came days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least ten people.
The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.
Mr Qaderi's account of the attack also varied from Khugyani's.
Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.
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