A militant attack on a midwifery training center in eastern Afghanistan killed at least two people on Saturday and injured five, officials said after the more than six-hour attack by security forces ended
Nangarhar police chief Ghulam Sanyee Stanikzai told the AFP two people – one guard and one driver – were killed and five others injured.
There was no immediate assertion of responsibility for the last attack, but most of the recent raids in the city were carried out by the Islamic State Group, which has a fortress in Nangarhar
The Taliban refused to participate in a WhatsApp Message that was sent to reporters.
Inamullah Miakhil, spokesman for the Provincial Ministry of Health, told 48 women from remote provincial districts
The training facility, which is located near the center of Jalalabad, in an area where several international organizations and consulates have offices, is funded by the Ministry of Health.
"We do not know why the midwife center was attacked," Mihakhil told AFP, adding that all NGOs and government agencies in Jalalabad are at risk.
A witness in a nearby department told AFP that he heard several explosions and three gunmen saw the street where the midwife center is located.
Some of the security forces appeared to dismantle previously improvised explosive devices that were apparently planted by militants on the street, a AFP witness said.
Jalalabad has been the scene of several attacks Dozens have been killed in recent months as US and Afghan forces continued offensive operations against IS and Taliban militants.
– Health personnel a target –
Government buildings are a common destination for i nsurgents, including hospitals and medical facilities.
It is not known why the armed men targeted the midwife training center. Midwives have been attacked in the past because women have been offered reproductive health services, although such attacks are rare.
Islamist groups – and many ordinary Afghans – are also against women working outside the home.
While thousands of women have been trained as midwives since the US-led invasion of 2001, Afghanistan still has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.
The last major attack in Jalalabad occurred on July 11, when armed men raided a training center in the city that sparked hours of combat with security forces
At least 11 people were killed in the attack. All were employees of the Department of Education and the director.
A suicide bombing by the IS on a large number of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad on July 1 killed at least 19 people and injured 21.
The Taliban is Afghanistan's largest militant group and IS has a relatively small but strong presence, mainly in the east and north of the country.
It first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and quickly established a stronghold in Nangarhar.
Reinforced aerial and ground operations against the militants have not expelled them.
An unprecedented three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month did not include the IS.
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