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At least 7 killed as blasts, gunshots rock E. Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

At least 7 killed as blasts, gunshots rock E. Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

A gun battle has taken place between Afghan security forces and militants in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to a government official cited by Reuters.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

Militants have staged several attacks across Afghanistan this year.

A public office in eastern Afghanistan came under an armed attack on Sunday, officials said.

Earlier, he said there had been two explosions.

Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

Four bodies and about 20 wounded people had been brought to Jalalabad hospitals so far, said Dr Najibullah Kamawal, director of the city's health department.

Most have been in capital city Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.

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

The Taliban and IS have made clear their intention of disrupting the elections.

Operation Al Khandaq will target USA forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said in late April.

At the same time, Taliban fighters have stepped up the pressure on government forces across the country, from Baghlan province in the north, where they seized a district centre last week, to Farah in the southwest or Ghazni, south of Kabul.