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11 Injured In Attack On 'Save the Children' Aid Agency Office In Afghanistan

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| January 25 , 2018 , 08:21 IST

At least 11 people have been injured on Wednesday in an ongoing attack on the office of 'Save the Children' international aid agency in Afghanistan's Jalalabad. Initial reports said that an explosion took place outside the compound of the organisation in Jalalabad, after which gunmen entered the building and began shooting.

A provincial government spokesperson Ataullah Khogyani later confirmed that on Wednesday morning a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the Save the Children compound, after which armed men entered the compound. Soon after, security forces were called in as well as ambulances.

"A group of armed men then entered the compound. So far 11 wounded people have been brought to hospitals," Khogyani said told AFP news agency.

Local media spotted at least one vehicle on fire and thick black smoke rising from the compound. Children from a nearby school were seen running from the area and gunshots could be heard.

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Although the attackers have not been identified and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Jalalabad is frequently targeted by Taliban militants.

The attack on the Save the Children compound comes days after Taliban gunmen stormed into the Intercontinental luxury hotel in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, killing at least 22 people, with most of the fatalities being foreigners.

An international aid agency, Save the Children was established in 1919 as a non-governmental group to promote rights and support for children in developing nations.