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Afghan govt building attack kills 15

14 May 2018

The battle was over once the Afghan security forces killed the assailants.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

"Security forces are in the area chasing and fighting them", he said. The battle took place inside a building which houses the state accounts office.

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The incident follows a string of explosions in the country, with the latest suicide twin blasts in the capital city of Kabul killing 25 people and injuring up to 45. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by. He later said the heavily-armed attackers were also carrying grenades.

Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News nine people have been killed and 39 others injured so far in the attack. "I saw two rickshaw drivers on the ground with their arms blown off", said Khan Mohammad, a local resident who saw the initial blasts and the start of the gunbattle. However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

There's also been heightened security fears around preparations for the elections in October.

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Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in Nangarhar province, some 120 km east of Kabul.

Last year, USA stepped up its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and increasing air strikes in a bid to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.

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Afghan govt building attack kills 15