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Militant attack underway in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

31 Jul 2018 TRT World

A car bombing occured, likely an explosion set off by a suicide car bomber, near the city's provincial hospital and health department on Tuesday, followed by gunfire.

Afghan security forces arrive at an area where explosions and gunshots were heard, in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan, July 31, 2018.

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An Afghan provincial official says a co-ordinated militant attack is underway in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.Zabihullah Zemarai, a member of the provincial council, says there was first a car bombing, likely an explosion set off by a suicide car bomber, near the city's provincial hospital and health department on Tuesday, followed by gunfire.He says a refugee and repatriation department is also located in the same area of the city so the immediate target wasn't clear.Zemarai couldn't confirm any casualties but says a heavy gunbattle is taking place between Afghan security forces and the attackers.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and the Daesh are active in Nangarhar.

Source: AP

Original Link: https://www.trtworld.com/asia/militant-attack-underway-in-afghanistan-s-jalalabad-19273

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