Afghanistan national TV station attacked by armed men

Afghanistan national TV station attacked by armed men

Kabul (Web Desk): In the eastern city of Jalalabad gunmen attacked an Afghan state television a building, on Wednesday and engaged in a gun battle with security forces, the provincial governor’s spokesman said.

Attaullah Khughyani said, “We can confirm that a number of insurgents have entered the building. Who they are, and what their target is, is still not clear.”

At least three attackers appeared, two of whom had blown themselves up while at least one was still fighting, he said.

The local people heard heavy gunfire from around the building of RTA, Afghanistan’s national broadcaster, located close to the provincial governor’s compound.

In Jalalabad Islamic State fighters have established a stronghold, but there is also a strong Taliban presence in the region. Insurgents fighting to expel the Western-backed government in Kabul have conducted a series of high-profile attacks this year on targets including Afghanistan’s largest military hospital and a military base in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.