Afghanistan: Gunmen attack Save the Children office in Jalalabad, injure 11

A blast went off outside the office of the Save the Children aid agency in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in front of the office for other militants to enter, according to local reports. After this, gunmen entered the Save the Children office and opened fire.

Gunmen stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, the British aid agency said.

Clashes were continuing at the scene on Wednesday morning and television footage showed smoke billowing from a vehicle and sporadic gunfire.

Eleven people have been wounded, Afghan officials have confirmed.

Security forces have cordoned off the area, not allowing journalists to get access to the site of the attack. Khogyani says 11 people were wounded in the attack.

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".

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The attack comes days after Taliban militants attacked the Hotel Intercontinental in the capital, Kabul, which killed at least 20 people, including 13 foreigners.

Save the Children is one of the largest relief organizations in Afghanistan.

The Taliban released a statement claiming responsibility.

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.



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