Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

Afghan militants kill at least four in Jalalabad attack

A gun battle ensued between Afghan security officials and the militants, according to Al Jazeera.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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

Qaderi said at least four attackers then stormed into the building with rocket-propelled-grenade launchers and AK-47 assault rifles.

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

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It was the latest deadly violence to strike Afghanistan as terror groups step up attacks and US-backed Afghan forces intensify airstrikes and ground offensives.

Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, says two other people were wounded in Sunday's attack on a building belonging to the provincial finance directorate in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

Public health officials said that at least 15 people, including a child, had been killed and 42 wounded.

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.

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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