Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

A government spokesman said 11 people were being treated in hospital for their injuries Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Gunmen stormed the offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding 27 in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The attack began just after 9am when a suicide car bomb was detonated outside the offices. The attackers then used rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) to blast their way inside.

Afghan security forces fought the gunmen for nearly 10 hours, at one stage rescuing nearly 50 people from the basement of the building as fighting continued on the floors above, said a member of the Ningarhar provincial government, Sohrab Qaderi.

Army officials said at least six people had been killed – two soldiers, two guards working for Save the Children and two other civilians, one of whom also worked for the British charity. Another 27 people were wounded, including nine Afghan security service members.