At least six people were killed and close to 20 injured in what is suspected to be a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Sunday, reported TOLO News.
As per AFP reports, terrorists stormed a government building and detonated bombs. There were two explosions near the city's directorate of finance, Nangarhar provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP, adding that "a number of attackers" had entered the building.
Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there. It was the latest deadly violence to strike Afghanistan as militant groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify air strikes and ground offensives. The Taliban have rejected growing calls to accept President Ashraf Ghani's offer of talks to end the 16-year conflict.
On May 6, an explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost killed at least 10 people and wounded 29. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.
Last month, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people, including women and children, and wounded 119 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul in the latest attack on election preparations.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs