15 killed, 42 injured as ISIS claims responsibility for attack in Afghanistan

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the group’s Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence.

Afghan security forces battled for five hours against a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said.

Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide car bomb exploded outside the building, which belongs to the provincial finance directorate. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

“There were eight terrorists who carried out a coordinated attack in Jalalabad city,” Khogyani said.

He said security forces killed six of the attackers after two of them carried out suicide attacks near the building’s entrance.

Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIS since the US and NATO formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

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.

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