In pictures: Attack on Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan
January 24, 2018 | 12:31 PM
by Reuters
Afghan police officers arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on January 24, 2018. Photo - Reuters

Militants stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and battled security forces who surrounded the building, wounding at least 11 people, officials said.

The attack began with a suicide car bomb outside the office, followed by gunmen entering the compound and battling Afghan special forces, a spokesman for the government in the eastern province said.

The director of the provincial health department said 11 wounded people had been taken to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban, seeking to reimpose strict rule after their 2001 ouster, issued a statement denying involvement.

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