Multiple blasts as Afghan security forces battle attackers for hours

At least eight people have been killed in a auto bomb explosion near a provincial government building in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.

Inamullah Miakhial, a Nangarhar hospital spokesman, also confirmed the dead toll and said that more than 40 wounded people are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

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

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centres as Afghanistan gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October.

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

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections. The Taliban have seized control of districts across the country, and the two groups have carried out attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in recent months that killed scores of people.

Security forces and attackers are now fighting each other.

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 in an attack claimed by Islamic State that followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident.

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