Multiple blasts and gun battle in eastern Afghan city

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An Afghan official says militants have attacked a government building in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least one person.

The battle took place inside a building which houses the state accounts office.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility of today's blasts.

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

Afghanistan has always been suffering from political, social and security instability, primarily due to the hostilities between government troops and the Taliban radical movement, which seeks to establish strict Sharia law in the country.

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The body of a policeman and eight civilians, including the three finance department employees, along with 36 wounded people had been brought to hospitals in Jalalabad, said Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city health department.

TRT World spoke to a provincial official Ahmad Ali Hazrat, who said the latest attack has shaken confidence in the government. Witnesses said the explosions had caused carnage among passers-by.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other.

However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.

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