Public office in Afghanistan comes under armed attack

At least four dead as blasts gunfire rock Jalalabad in Afghanistan

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At least six Afghan nationals were killed and 20 others injured on Sunday in deadly suicide blasts followed by a gun battle between Afghan security forces and militants in Jalalabad area of Afghanistan. The assault came days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least ten people. More explosions were heard later coming from inside the building, the official added. 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.

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

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

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace talks overture by the Afghan government.

Last year, United States 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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