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5 dead, 28 injured in attack on children’s group in Afghanistan

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5 dead, 28 injured in attack on children's group in Afghanistan

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At least five people were killed and 28 others were injured in an attack on a children's organization in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, authorities said.

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PHOTO: Vehicles burn after a deadly attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018AP
Vehicles burn after a deadly attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018

A vehicle packed with explosives was detonated outside the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad. Three men then stormed the office with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, officials told ABC News.

PHOTO: Afghan security personnel gather near an office near the British charity Save the Children after an attack in Jalalabad, Jan. 24, 2018.Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images
Afghan security personnel gather near an office near the British charity Save the Children after an attack in Jalalabad, Jan. 24, 2018.

The attack began around 9 a.m. local time, according to Attaullah Khogianai, a spokesman for the provincial government.

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

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban denied involvement.

PHOTO: Smoke rises at the site of a blast near the office of the Save the Children aid agency in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018.ReutersTV
Smoke rises at the site of a blast near the office of the Save the Children aid agency in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018.

BREAKING: horrific news of an ongoing attack targeting Save the Children compound in #Jalalabad #Afghanistan, with reports of several injured. pic.twitter.com/7p2iKP7cbT

— SavetheChildren News (@SaveUKNews) January 24, 2018

PHOTO: Afghan women leave the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018.Parwiz/Reuters
Afghan women leave the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018.

Of the 28 people injured, 25 were civilians and three were members of the police special forces, authorities said. Four attackers were also killed.

Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children, said in a statement Wednesday, "It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save the Children staff members were killed earlier today in an attack on our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment. Save the Children condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. We are shocked and appalled at the violence, carried out against our staff in Afghanistan who are dedicated humanitarians, committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of millions of children across the country. We are doing everything we can to ensure all of our staff get the support they need in the aftermath of this devastating incident."

PHOTO: An Afghan woman flees the area after an attack on the headquarters of the non-governmental organization Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018. Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA
An Afghan woman flees the area after an attack on the headquarters of the non-governmental organization Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2018.

London-based Save the Children has operated in Afghanistan since 1976, aiming to provide better access to education, health care and essential supplies.

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