Jul 28, 2018 12:05 UTC
  • Militants attack midwife training center in Jalalabad

Several people have been injured after gunmen stormed a midwife training center in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Saturday.

The attack on the dormitory for trainee midwives in the capital of Nangarhar province was followed by sporadic gunshots, a provincial health department spokesman said.

Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said several students, most of them from Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan, had been evacuated from the dormitory. 

The attack was the latest in a series to hit the volatile city in recent months. The last major attack happened earlier this month when gunmen raided an education department compound, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces in which nearly a dozen people were killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the Daesh terror group has claimed the previous attacks.

According to a UN report, the Takfiri group was behind some 52 percent of deaths caused by complex militant attacks in the country this year.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said militant attacks have caused 1,413 casualties in Afghanistan since the start of 2018, a sharp 22-percent rise from figures seen in the same period last year. It said the Taliban were behind 40 percent of the attacks.