AFGHANISTAN: Government building attacked in Jalalabad, 12 dead

14 May, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Myra Gill
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Afghan security forces battled a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday in a coordinated attack that killed 15 people and wounded 42, officials said.

"Around noon a big boom shook our building", Qaisar told AFP from a Jalalabad hospital. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials. My friends ran to hide and I jumped from a window. "Some of my friends are still stuck there".

He also added that the attack left at least forty two people wounded, including civilians, Customs Department workers, and security personnel.

Bordering Pakistan's restive tribal belt, Nangarhar has significant numbers of pro-Daesh and Taliban militants in various parts of the province.


Most have been in the capital Kabul, but in January gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five persons in an attack claimed by the IS that followed much the same pattern as Sunday's incident. Some areas of the province are a stronghold of the Islamic State group but Taliban fighters are also active there.

April saw a series of attacks across the country targeting voter registration centres as Afghanistan gears up for long-delayed legislative elections due in October. "Worldwide humanitarian law prohibits targeting civilians at any time, under any circumstance", it said in a statement.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and IS since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat role in the country in 2014, shifting to a support and counterterrorism mission.

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