• Saturday, Oct 31, 2020
  • Last Update : 06:34 pm

Gunmen storm Afghan govt building, 11 die in bus bombing

  • Published at 07:50 pm July 31st, 2018
2018-07-28_AFGHANISTAN-BLAST
File Photo: Smoke rises from an area where explosions and gunshots were heard, in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan July 28, 2018 Reuters

The Taliban denied involvement in the attack in a WhatsApp message sent to journalists

Gunmen stormed a government building after multiple explosions in an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Tuesday that has left at least 11 people wounded, the latest in a series of assaults in the eastern Afghan city.

On the other side of the country a roadside bomb apparently intended for security forces hit a passenger bus and killed at least 11 people, as civilians once again bear the brunt of violence in Afghanistan.

In the attack in Jalalabad at least two blasts were heard before the attackers entered the compound of the refugees and repatriations department, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province. 

Several foreign organisations are also in the vicinity.

As the attack began, representatives of foreign donors and agencies were wrapping up a meeting with department employees inside the building, Khogyani said.

"All the partner agency representatives attending the meeting were Afghans and those who were stuck inside, including the director of refugees and repatriations department, were rescued," Khogyani said.

"The operation to rescue more people possibly stuck in the building is also ongoing," he added. 

Several people have been taken hostage by the attackers, said Zabiullah Zmarary, a provincial council member.

"We don't know the exact number," he added.

At least 11 people have been wounded and a "large number" of employees had been rescued, Khogyani said. 

"I saw a black Corolla car drop three armed men at the gate of the refugees and repatriations department," a witness told AFP. 

At least one of the men blew himself up at the gate and two others entered the building, the witness said.

Khogyani said one of the two attackers had been killed. 

An AFP reporter could hear gunfire as security forces swarmed into the area, and a plume of thick black smoke rose into the sky above the compound. 

The Taliban denied involvement in the attack in a WhatsApp message sent to journalists. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes three days after militants raided a midwife training centre in Jalalabad.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, which left at least three people dead and several wounded.

Jalalabad has been the scene of multiple attacks in recent months that have killed dozens, as US and Afghan forces continue offensives against militants.

52
52
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail