Attackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the British charity Save the Children in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. Which is close to the Afghan border with Pakistan.
The attack started at about 09:10 local time (04:40 GMT) on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle explosive at the entrance to the Save the Children compound.
At least two people have been killed, at least 20 people were injured in the assault, which started when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate. It is believed about 50 staff were in the building at the time.
At least one assailant then stormed the building and was later killed by security forces and authorities believe that one attacker is still fighting security forces inside the building.
The Islamic State group has said three of its fighters are behind the attack, which is said to have now ended.
About 45 people were reported to have been rescued from the basement, as fighting continued on the upper floors.
The Islamic State group said in a message on its news outlet Amaq that three attackers and an explosives-laden car had targeted “British, Swedish and Afghan institutions in Jalalabad”.
#Nangarhar – gunshots ring out as clashes continue between insurgents and security forces after militants launched an attack on the #SaveTheChildren organization in #Jalalabad city #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/sqCYDbmHEg
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Save the Children is a non-governmental organisation that carries out humanitarian work and advocates for young people across the globe
The charity has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. It currently runs programmes across 16 provinces in Afghanistan. The organisation says it aims to provide better access to education, healthcare and essential supplies to children across the globe.
— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) January 24, 2018
Save the Children has temporarily suspended all of its Afghan programmes. But it said it remained “committed to resuming our operations and lifesaving work as quickly as possible”.
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