Save the Children Is Attacked in Afghanistan; ISIS Claims Responsibility

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Gunmen stormed the office of Save the Children in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after an explosion on Wednesday morning, killing at least one person, officials said. Hours later, with fighting at the scene still underway, the aid agency said it had suspended all Afghanistan operations.

“We remain committed to resuming our operations and lifesaving work as soon as possible,” Save the Children said in a statement. The agency, which provides aid in 120 countries, works in 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, and its programs reach more than 700,000 Afghan children, according to its website.

The Islamic State’s local affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.

 

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