Gunmen storm Save the Children office in Afghanistan

Gunmen storm Save the Children office in Afghanistan

Gunmen storm Save the Children office in Afghanistan

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The officials confirmed that one suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the compound, opening the way for gunmen to enter.

A spokesman for the Ningarhar province health department, Inamullah Miakhel, said hospitals were treating at least 12 people for injuries, none of them life- threatening. "I jumped out of the window", Mr Amin said.

Charity groups continue to work under tough conditions in the country, facing regular attacks and kidnappings.

Attackers detonated auto explosives before entering the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city Jalalabad.

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Nangarhar, a restive province bordering Pakistan, is a stronghold for the Islamic State group and also has a significant Taliban presence. By about 10am dozens of Afghan Special Forces descended on the scene.

While Afghan security forces are conducting most of the fighting against IS and Taliban militants, U.S. troops operate alongside them in a training capacity and are frequently on the front lines.

At least 22 people - 14 of whom were foreign nationals - were killed during an hours-long standoff at the hotel, which sits on the edge of town behind checkpoints on a hill.

There are also no reports regarding the casualties yet but the eyewitnesses are saying that a sporadic gunfire can also be heard from the vicinity of the explosion.

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