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Aid agency office comes under attack in Afghanistan, one killed

24 January 2018 14:26

 

At least one person has been killed and 14 others wounded in an attack on the office of international aid agency Save the Children in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The attack began with a car bomb in front of the office, after which gunmen stormed the building, fighting with security forces, and making their way into the organization’s compound.

A provincial government spokesman said later on Wednesday that that the attack had ended.

“The fighting has ended. The security forces are clearing the building now. Our initial information shows so far that one dead and 14 wounded have been taken to hospitals,” Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

Cars are seen on fire after a blast in Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, on January 24, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

The aid organization carries out education, healthcare, and protection work for children in the war-ravaged country.

There were reportedly a number of children at a nearby school at the time of the attack, who ran away from the area as gunfire erupted.

No group has yet claimed responsibility. But Jalabad, the capital of Nangahar Province, which borders Pakistan, is often targeted by Taliban militants.

Just days ago, the Taliban attacked the Hotel Intercontinental in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 22 people.

The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh is also present in Afghanistan.

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