KABUL: Taliban militants on Saturday attacked an Afghan intelligence service office in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least three people in a bomb and gun assault, officials said.
“The attack was carried out by a vehicle bomb on the Nangarhar provincial NDS office, and then some militants started attacking the office,” Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, told AFP.
“Nangarhar NDS (National Directorate of Security) told us at least three of their employees were killed in the attack.”
The militants and NDS employees exchanged fire early on Saturday.The head of Nangarhar public hospital told AFP they had received six bodies.
“Six dead bodies and 46 wounded were brought to the hospital — 26 of them are admitted and the rest were discharged,” doctor Najeebullah Kamawal said, adding the injuries were due to flying glass.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email statement to the media, claiming several NDS agents were killed in the attack.
The intelligence service has regularly been targeted by the militants.