Multiple people have sustained injuries after a blast, targeting the Afghan premises of Save the Children, went off. Local news reports said suicide bombers and gunmen had attacked the office.
Government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the casualties near the premises of the organization, which have since been entered by the attackers.
“At around 9:10 a.m. a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of Save the Children’s compound in police district three of Jalalabad city,” he said.
Officials confirmed that one suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the building to help gunmen enter.
“A group of armed men then entered the compound. So far 11 wounded people have been brought to hospitals,” the spokesman said.
Tolo News corroborated Khogyani's statement reporting that almost a dozen people had been injured. Gunshots could also be heard in a video and children attending a nearby school were reportedly seen running from the area amid gunfire, according to the news agency.
The building which houses the office of the London-based international non-governmental organization is located in Jalalabad. The attack comes days after Taliban gunmen raided a luxury hotel in Kabul, killing at least 22 people.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing sporadic exchanges of gunfire from the building. Khogyani has confirmed that there are clashes on at the scene.
Mohammad Amin told AFP, from his hospital bed, that he heard “a big blast”.
“We ran for cover and I saw a gunman hitting the main gate with an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) to enter the compound. I jumped out of the window,” Amin said.
Save the Children advocates for the rights of children, provides relief and support children in developing countries.