Attack on Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan

Michele Moreno
January 24, 2018

Militants stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and battled security forces who surrounded the building, wounding at least 11 people, officials said.

Wednesday's attack comes just days after at least 18 civilians were killed, and 22 others were wounded, during a deadly siege on a major hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

No group has said they carried out the attack. "Our initial information shows so far, one dead and 14 wounded have been brought to hospitals", Khogyani said.

Local TV footage showed a huge plume of thick black smoke rising from the compound and at least one vehicle on fire.

Mohammad Amin, who was inside the compound when the attackers stormed inside, told Agence France-Presse from his hospital bed that he heard "a big blast".

Meanwhile, an official on condition of anonymity said the suicide auto bombing occurred next to the office of non-governmental organization Save the Children and a gun battle is going.

The UN's mission in Afghanistan tweeted that it was looking into reports of the attack.

The Taliban released a statement claiming responsibility. "Any attack on children & humanitarians is a crime against humanity".

But Jalalabad, near the border with Pakistan, is often targeted by Taliban militants and is a stronghold for Islamic State, with fighters active there since 2015.

The assault on Save the Children, which has operated in Afghanistan since 1976, is the latest violence to strike a foreign aid group in the country.

Backed by intensive USA air strikes, Afghan forces have claimed growing success against the Taliban and other militant groups, including Islamic State, but militant attacks on civilian targets have continued, causing heavy casualties.

A clash between insurgents and security force members is underway.

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