Video: 2 dead, 12 wounded in attack at Save the Children office in Afghanistan
Four gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday (January 24) and battled security forces who surrounded the building, killing at least one person and wounding 11, officials said.
WION Web TeamNew Delhi, Delhi, IndiaJan 24, 2018, 05.22 AM
Gunmen stormed the office compound of the Save the Children charity in Jalalabad about 9 am Wednesday morning.
A car bomb was set off at the office after which a gun battle was underway.
So far, two are reported dead with 12 wounded.
The local Tolo News channel reported security forces to have cordoned off the compound.
It is unclear at the moment how many gunmen there are. Or how many employees are trapped inside.
No one has as yet claimed responsibility for the attack however, Taliban has distanced itself from the attack denying its involvement in a Twitter post.
A string of attacks started at about 9 am -- when employees begin to show up at work -- in Afghanistan recently.
TOLOnews reports four attackers to be currently inside the compound while "plumes of black smoke rise from the organization’s compound".
According to Attaullah Khoghyani, Provencial governor's spokesman, one security force member and a civilian have lost their life. Twelve others were reported.
Save the Children tweeted out saying that, "We are devastated at the news that our Save the Children office at Jalalabad, Afghanistan came under attack this morning as armed men entered the building about 0900 today local time. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our staff. We are awaiting further information from our team and cannot comment further at this time," noted the tweet.