hour's long gun battle in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday began with a car bomb exploding at the State of Count's office in Jalalabad. And ended with 15 people dead and 42 wounded. After the explosion, officials say a coordinated assault of about six attackers armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades rushed the building.
There were multiple blasts during a resulting gun fight with security forces, which lasted most of Sunday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a busy part of the city, including a school where about 1,000 girls were trapped during the fight. It's the latest high profile attack that has killed and wounded hundreds of civilians this year, putting heavy pressure on the government of the president Ashraf Ghani.
The violence has also spiked since the Taliban announced its annual spring offensive last month, and dozens have been killed in voter registration centers in recent weeks ahead of fall elections. That sparked fears people could stay away from polls that are viewed as a major test of the government's credibility.
Last year, the United States upped its support for Afghanistan struggling security forces. Including plans for thousands of additional advisors and more airstrikes to try and force the Taliban to enter negotiations for peace.>> Not arbitrary time