Gunmen storm Afghan aid group office

11 Wounded After Bomb Detonates Outside Afghan's Save the Children Premises

11 Wounded After Bomb Detonates Outside Afghan's Save the Children Premises

The group's spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming that "The ongoing attack in Jalalabad has nothing to do with the Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate".

The victims, a policeman and a civilian, were killed when a suicide attacker detonated a vehicle bomb outside the headquarters of the NGO in the city of Jalalabad early Wednesday morning, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

At one point rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were fired at the building.

A provincial government spokesman said later on Wednesday that the attack had ended.

"An attack against an organisation that helps children is outrageous".

There were several other aid groups and government offices in the immediate area, raising the possibility that Save the Children was not the target. Save the Children is a charity that works to provide access to health care, education and essential supplies to those in need around the world.

"We are shocked and appalled at the violence, carried out against our staff in Afghanistan who are dedicated humanitarians, committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of millions of children across the country", Miles said.

In October, the Red Cross said it was drastically reducing operations in Afghanistan following attacks that killed seven of its staff. Khogyani says 11 people were wounded in the attack.

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The attackers are unknown but Jalalabad is often targeted by Taliban militants.

"We are devastated at the news that our Save the Children office in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan, came under attack this morning as armed men entered the building, about 9 a.m. today local time", a Save the Children spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Nangarhar, a restive province bordering Pakistan, is a stronghold for IS and also has a significant Taliban presence.

United Kingdom ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay condemned the attack in a tweet.

Wednesday's attack comes just days after at least 18 civilians were killed, and 22 others were wounded, during a deadly siege on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

The attack on the British charity came as the country is still reeling from an assault on an global hotel in Kabul Saturday night that left at least 22 people dead.

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