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Student midwives flee to safe rooms while extremists attack the Afghan school



JALALABAD, Afghanistan – On Saturday morning, extremists attacked a school for midwives in eastern Afghanistan, forcing their young students to flee or seeking refuge in a fortified security room on the grounds, according to Afghan authorities and witnesses at the scene. [19659002] The attack began around 11 am at the Midwifery Training Center in Jalalabad, where assailants believed to be suicide bombers and men armed with automatic weapons were besieging the school. Five explosions were heard at the site, which is located in the center of the city in Nangarhar Province.

After the first attack, more than two hours of gunfire could be fired after the special police units arrived. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Inamullah Miakhel, said three people were wounded in battle, all men.

The school had 65 to 70 students in a two-year midwifery program, most of them 18 to 19 years old. They lived in a dormitory on the grounds of the center.

"Now everyone is trapped," Mr. Watterdal said. "But everyone is safe and it's hard to know how it will develop."

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Reports Contributed by Fahim Abed in Kabul


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