Suicide bomber, gunmen attack Afghan government building
[DAWN] At least four people were killed and a dozen others injured when button men stormed a crowded government building in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, following a suicide kaboom, with desperate survivors leaping from windows to escape the fighting, witnesses and officials said.
Security forces rushed to the scene after gunnies attacked the office in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn country as it gears up for a presidential election on September 28.
Terrified children at a nearby school climbed over walls to get further away from the fighting.
A provincial front man, Ataullah Khogyani, said a jacket wallah had initially detonated explosives, after which the button men attacked.
Security forces fought to clear the building for several hours before declaring all three button men dead, interior ministry front man Nasrat Rahimi said roughly six hours after the attack began.
Witnesses and an AFP news hound could hear gunshots immediately after the initial blast.
One of the centre's employees, Haji Qudrat, described the moment one of the button men entered his office. "After the earth-shattering kaboom, we heard small gunfire in our corridor, then a man entered our office with a gun and started shooting," he told AFP from a hospital in Jalalabad, where he was receiving treatment for a maimed leg.
"I jumped out the window. Some of our friends are either killed or maimed." Qudrat said there had been around 200 people inside the centre when the bomber detonated ‐ 80 employees, and the rest people waiting to receive their national electronic identity cards, or "tazkiras".
"I was in class when I heard a big explosion followed by intense gunfire," said Mohammad Ullah, a teacher at a nearby school.
"The kids started crying so we had to vacate the school. We jumped over the walls to take the students to a safer place," he told AFP.
No group has claimed the attack. Both the Taliban
and the holy warrior Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
(IS) group are active in Nangarhar, which borders Pakistain.
A 5-hour-long gunfight in Jalalabad on Wednesday was concluded after all four attackers were killed by Afghan security forces.
The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that four civilians have died, and earlier updates reported over a dozen people wounded.
The attack began at 1:30 p.m. with a suicide bomb exploding near the “Electronic National Identity Cards Department (e-NIC)” in Police District 3 of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.
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