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Armed Assailants Target Midwife Center in Nangarhar

(Last Updated On: July 28, 2018)

A group of armed assailants launched a coordinated attack on a midwife training center in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, on Saturday, leaving at least two dead and five injured, officials confirmed.

The attack took place at around 11:30 a.m. in PD3 of the Jalalabad City, leaving two people dead and five wounded, the provincial police chief Ghulam Sanai Stanekzai said.

According to local officials, the building of the center has been set on fire and a number of midwives have been trapped inside.

Reports suggest, as many as 65 people were rescued from a total of 70 people trapped inside the center, following the attack.  

Head of the provincial health department, Najib Kamawal said that the center was used to train midwives for districts in the province. He stressed that apart from women, the center included children.

No group including the Taliban and Islamic State has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nangarhar has been among the insecure provinces of Afghanistan in recent years, where the Taliban and Islamic State militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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