Blast near Save the Children in Afghanistan


Afghan officials say gunmen have attacked a non-governmental children's organization in eastern Nangarhar province.

Sporadic gunfire is ongoing at the compound as authorities work to contain the situation, according to the latest local reports.

Attaullah Khoghyani, a spokesperson for Nangarhar Provincial Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal told Tolonews that security forces and the attackers are engaged in crossfire. Save the Children is a London-based global non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

Tolo News shared a video showing a burned out vehicle outside the organization's office.

Gunmen at around 9:10 am stormed the office of the UK-based Save the Children following a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle bomb at the entrance of the office in Jalalabad city.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said two attackers are thought to have entered the NGO's office, adding that special forces and ambulances have arrived on the scene.

No group has claimed responsibility at this point and Save The Children has not released an official statement at this time.

More details to follow.

Tolo News said 11 people had been injured.



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