9 dead, dozens injured as multiple blasts hit eastern Afghan city

Afghan security personnel stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

A auto bomb was detonated at the entrance to the state accounts office before a group of about six attackers armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades rushed the building, the officials said. "Security forces are in the area chasing and fighting them", he added.

According to media reports, at least three explosions were heard at the start of what appeared to be a coordinated attack in a building housing the state accounts office.

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

Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News nine people have been killed and 39 others injured so far in the attack.

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

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

Dozens of people have been killed in voter registration centres in recent weeks, leading to fears that people could stay away from the elections, seen as a major test of the government's credibility.

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