Four killed, several injured after militants attack Afghanistan finance office

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At least seven people, including an assailant, were killed and 20 others wounded after two blasts and ensuing gunshots rocked Jalalabad city on Sunday.

Sounds of heavy and light weapons could be heard from the spot where the attack is taking place.

A gun battle between Afghan security personnel and unidentified gunmen ensued following the explosions. 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.

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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Security forces have cordoned off the area. That attack, also claimed by Daesh, followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident. "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. More explosions were then heard coming from inside the building, he added.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, told Reuters that at least four militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, are still fighting the police.

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

Last year, United States stepped up its support to struggling Afghan forces, announcing plans for thousands of additional advisers and increasing air strikes in a bid to force the Taliban to enter peace negotiations.

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