Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

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Militants stormed a non-governmental organization for children in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, killing two security guards and a civilian, and triggering hours-long clashes with the police, provincial officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the provincial offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar.

The standoff ended after eight hours, with police killing two other attackers, according to Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

At least 26 people, including six police officers, were wounded during the attack, he added.

IS said it was behind the attack in a statement on its Aamaq media arm. It said a suicide bomber attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle and a subsequent raid targeted “British and Swedish foundations and Afghan government institutes.” (AP)

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<p>Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack by Islamic State militants at the British charity Save the Children compound in Jalalabad on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack by Islamic State militants at the British charity Save the Children compound in Jalalabad on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An Afghan policeman inspects the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

An Afghan policeman inspects the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan officials inspect the entrance gate of Save the Children Aid group in Afghanistan, after a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan officials inspect the entrance gate of Save the Children Aid group in Afghanistan, after a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Vehicles burn after a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor said a group of gunmen stormed the office of the non-governmental organization, Save the Children. (Photo: AP) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Vehicles burn after a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor said a group of gunmen stormed the office of the non-governmental organization, Save the Children. (Photo: AP)

<p>Afghan security forces inspect the site of attack on British charity Save the Children office in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of attack on British charity Save the Children office in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Afghan security forces inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan security forces inspect the site of attack on British charity Save the Children office in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of attack on British charity Save the Children office in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A member of Afghan security forces takes position at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save the Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

A member of Afghan security forces takes position at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan security forces take position at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces take position at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>An Afghan police officer takes position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

An Afghan police officer takes position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan police officers arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan police officers arrive at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>An Afghan man runs with two children near an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

An Afghan man runs with two children near an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Afghan security officials take position in a nearby building after an attack on the headquarters of the non-governmental organization Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security officials take position in a nearby building after an attack on the headquarters of the non-governmental organization Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Afghan security personnel arrive to the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel arrive to the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP)

<p>Afghan security forces patrol the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan security forces patrol the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP)

<p>Vehicles are seen on fire after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Vehicles are seen on fire after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>A child watches as Afghan security personnel patrol the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

A child watches as Afghan security personnel patrol the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: AP)

<p>Burnt vehicles are seen at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Burnt vehicles are seen at the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

<p>Afghan women leave the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters) </p>
Save The Children headquarters attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Afghan women leave the site of a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Parwiz/Reuters)

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