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7 killed as blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad

Jalalabad (Afghanistan), May 13: At least seven people, including an assailant, were killed and 20 others wounded after two blasts and ensuing gunshots rocked Jalalabad city on Sunday. The incident occurred around midday when militants armed with suicide jackets and automatic guns stormed the Nangarhar provincial government’s customs and finance department, triggering a gun battle, reports Xinhua news agency. Afghan Special Operations Forces arrived at the scene shortly after the blasts, and sporadic firing was ongoing as of Sunday afternoon, informed source added. (IANS)

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