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15 killed, 42 injured as ISIS claims responsibility for attack in Afghanistan

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

Militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan, leaving at least six civilians dead, officials said.

Afghan security forces surrounded the area and were still battling the gunmen hours after the initial explosions.

At least four attackers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns were fighting police, he said.

The Islamic State group claimed it carried out the attack, in a statement from its Amaq propaganda agency.

The assault in the eastern city of Jalalabad 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.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other.

Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan. Most have been in the capital Kabul, but in January, gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

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

According to Khogyani, at least six ten people, including civilians, workers of the Customs Department, and security personnel lost their lives in the attack.

The Taliban and ISIS have made clear their intentions to disrupt the elections.

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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