Save the Children Office Under Attack in Afghanistan, 1 Dead

Published January 24th, 2018 - 09:38 GMT
Afghan civilians gather on a street next to a plume of smoke coming from the area around an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018 (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP)
Afghan civilians gather on a street next to a plume of smoke coming from the area around an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018 (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP)

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 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.

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.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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