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m3n4.net February 22, 2018


11 wounded as militants storm Save the Children office in Afghanistan

24 January 2018, 11:29 | Tara Lloyd

Attacks on Save the Children office in Jalalabad

Gunmen storm Save the Children charity in Afghanistan, launching prolonged and ongoing attack

The director of the provincial health department said 11 wounded people had been taken to hospital. The casualty count might rise as a gun battle was still underway, he said.

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

It was not known if any Save the Children staff remained in the building.

A group of gunmen stormed a non-governmental children's organization in eastern Nangarhar province, killing one person, said provincial officials.

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A Save the Children spokesperson said: "Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our staff. Our initial information shows so far, one dead and 14 wounded have been brought to hospitals", Khogyani said.

An eyewitness who was inside the compound at the time told AFP news agency that he saw a gunman hitting the main gate with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

Local media have reported children at a nearby school were seen running from the area as gunfire was heard.

"I hope for a quick and safe end to this horrific incident", he said on Twitter.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban, seeking to reimpose Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster, issued a statement denying involvement.

Nick Kay, the United Kingdom ambassador to Afghanistan, called the attack an outrage and crime against humanity.

There are several other aid agencies in the area, along with government offices.

Charity groups continue to work under tough conditions in the country, facing regular attacks and kidnappings.

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In October, the Red Cross announced that it was drastically reducing its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that killed seven of its staff past year.



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