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Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack by Islamic State militants at the British charity Save the Children compound in Jalalabad on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Militants stormed a non-governmental organization for children in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, killing two security guards and a civilian, and triggering hours-long clashes with the police, provincial officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the provincial offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar.

The standoff ended after eight hours, with police killing two other attackers, according to Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

At least 26 people, including six police officers, were wounded during the attack, he added.

IS said it was behind the attack in a statement on its Aamaq media arm. It said a suicide bomber attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle and a subsequent raid targeted “British and Swedish foundations and Afghan government institutes.” (AP)

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