Gunmen storm Radio Television Afghanistan in Jalalabad

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack in Jalalabad city eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack in Jalalabad city eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security forces have engaged three gunmen who have attacked a state radio and television building in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province.

The attack comes a day after the Afghan regular army managed to defeat Taliban forces in the Qala-i-Zal district, close to the northern city of Kunduz.

According to initial reports, at least 17 civilians have been wounded in the incident, the spokesman said.

Police earlier described the attackers as insurgents, but it is not immediately clear who was behind the assault.

Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar, the eastern province on the border with Pakistan where Daesh militants have established a stronghold.

IS through its global media outlet, Amaq News Agency, claimed the suicide raid killed 30 security personnel and media men, though the group often issues inflated tolls after such attacks.

One day after a deadly attack on state-run TV by ISIL militants, Afghan security forces claim to have killed 102 militants, including 15 pro-ISIL militants, across the country in the past 24 hours.

Four of the five attackers were also killed, including one suicide bomber, he said.

"Four people including three attackers and an employee of the television station have been confirmed dead and 16 others injured", spokesman for the provincial governor Attaullah Khogiani told reporters here. The Taleban, which also has a strong presence in the region, denied responsibility.

Two U.S. troops were killed in fighting with ISIS in Nangarhar last month, not long after the U.S. military dropped the "mother of all bombs" on an ISIS tunnel network in the province. Both Isis and the Taliban terror groups are present in the area.

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee condemned the attack and said it was a violation of the rules of war that protect media as civilians.

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