9 dead, dozens injured as multiple blasts hit eastern Afghan city

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At least three explosions were heard at the beginning of what authorities believe to be a coordinated attack, Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attahullah Khogyani said.

In January, gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

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

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Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in the country for civilians as security forces struggle to keep the militants at bay following the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

In Afghanistan, nine people were killed and more than thirty six injured in multiple blasts in Jalalabad on Sunday.

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No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report.

"I saw two rickshaw drivers on the ground with their arms blown off", said Khan Mohammad, a local resident who saw the initial blasts and the start of the gunbattle.

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

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Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and IS since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

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