Blast reported near Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan

Blast reported near Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan

Kerry Wise
January 24, 2018

"At around 9:10am a suicide attacker detonated a vehicle bomb at the entrance of Save the Children's compound in police district three of Jalalabad city", he said. "I jumped out of the window", Amin said.

Local media have reported children at a nearby school were seen running from the area as gunfire was heard. Mr. Khogyani said four attackers were involved, though a security official put the number at three.

Afghanistan's TOLO news channel published footage showing dozens of what it said were Afghan Special Forces members at the scene.

The incident comes just days after assailants stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital of Kabul.

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

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but eastern Nangarhar province has been a stronghold for Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan. "Any attack on children & humanitarians is a crime against humanity".

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The province has become a stronghold for Islamic State, which has grown to become one of Afghanistan's most risky militant groups since it appeared around the beginning of 2015.

The attack is also the latest violence to strike a foreign aid group in war-torn Afghanistan.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced in October it would "drastically" reduce its presence in the country after seven employees were killed in attacks past year.

There are several other aid groups and government offices in the immediate area, and security forces evacuated people from surrounding buildings while they exchanged fire with the militants.

The charity has been working in Afghanistan for more than 40 years, providing support to over 700,000 children.

The last major attack in Jalalabad was on December 31 when an explosion at a funeral killed 18 mourners and wounded another 13.

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