At least three have reportedly been killed and around twenty others have sustained following a coordinated attack on a non-governmental organization in Jalalabad city in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
According to the local government officials, the siege of the militants on the non-governmental organization’s office ended with the elimination of all four attackers earlier this evening.
The officials further added that three people including two security guards of the Save the Children office were killed and twenty five others including four security guards of the office were wounded.
According to Nangarhar officials, the militants launched the attack at around 9 am local time by initially detonating a vehicle packed with explosives to allow the remaining militants infiltrate the compound and secure positions for a standoff.
The majority of those wounded in the attack have sustained injuries due to shattered glasses, the officials said, adding that around 19 of them were discharged after receiving first aid.
Provincial governor Gulab Mangal said the operation by the security forces was conducted slowly to prevent the civilian casualties, mainly the children who were trapped in the area.
He said at least 46 people including 12 women were rescued by the security forces during the operation.
Initial reports indicate the attack was carried out by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.