Armed men Wednesday raided the offices of the international charity organization "Save the Children" in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, killing at least three people and injuring more than 20 others.
Attullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar province government, said gunmen raided the compound after suicide attackers detonated a car bomb at the entrance. The security forces were involved in a long firefight with the assailant before the shoot-out stopped. Khogyani said security forces surrounded the office complex immediately after the attack.
ISIS claims responsibility for the attack.
Eyewitness Sayed Ahmad claims to see the new Toyota Corolla car approaching the gate of the Save the Children office complex. Soon after, he saw an explosion and three or four security uniformed attackers entered the building.
Another eyewitness revealed seeing at least two bodies inside the compound. The fire that started from the Save the Children complex spread to the adjacent building, the office of another charity, the Swedish Commission for Afghanistan. Eyewitnesses said they saw the building in flames.
Save the Children on Wednesday released a statement on Twitter, saying the organization was "devastated" on the news of the attack. "Our main concern is the safety and security of our staff," the charity said.
US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Twitter wrote, "We condemn the attack and offer condolences to the victims and their families. [ka/ii]