Save the Children office has been attacked by a group of terrorists in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Reports indicate that dozens have been injured in the attack while no victim has been confirmed yet.
According to Afghan provincial government spokesman, 11 people have been injured in an attack which targeted the social aiding agency. Attaullah Khogyani further explained that “At around 9:10am a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of Save the Children’s compound in police district three of Jalalabad city.”
A group of armed men then entered the compound. So far 11 wounded people have been brought to hospitals.
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Footages from the scene shows frightened people and children fleeting the place. Witnesses reported that the gunfire was still heard from the building.
Afghan news outlets also reported that the terrorist attack included both suicide bombing and gunfire. Tolo News confirmed the number of injuries was 11.
AFP also reported, quoting from a hospitalized witness, that the sound of “a big blast” harassed the people on in the PD3 neighbourhood of the eastern city of Afghanistan:
We ran for cover and I saw a gunman hitting the main gate with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) to enter the compound. I jumped out of the window.
#Nangarhar – gunshots ring out as clashes continue between insurgents and security forces after militants launched an attack on the #SaveTheChildren organization in #Jalalabad city #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/sqCYDbmHEg
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Taliban militants attacked a hotel in Kabul a few days ago killing more than 22 people. Although no group claimed responsibility for today’s attack, the speculations revolves around Taliban’s role. Besides, ISIS forces have been reportedly active in eastern Nangarhar province in previous months.
Calling the incident an outrage, The UK ambassador to Afghanistan wrote on twitter “Any attack on children & humanitarians is a crime against humanity.” Nick Kay further added that “I hope for a quick and safe end to this horrific incident in Jalalabad.”