IS mil­i­tants storm TV sta­tion

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JALAL­ABAD: The Is­lamic State yes­ter­day claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sui­cide at­tack on a tele­vi­sion sta­tion in the coun­try’s east­ern prov­ince of Nan­garhar that killed a se­cu­rity guard as well as all three at­tack­ers and wounded at least 17 peo­ple.

As the at­tack un­folded, heavy gun­fire could be heard from the RTA build­ing — the na­tional broad­caster — lo­cated close to the gov­er­nor’s com­pound here.

“IS fight­ers are car­ry­ing out an at­tack in­side the state broad­cast­ing build­ing in the city of Jalal­abad,” the move­ment’s AMAQ news agency said on Tele­gram.

The Tal­iban, which also has a strong pres­ence in the re­gion, de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Two of the at­tack­ers blew them­selves up at the start of the op­er­a­tion but a third en­gaged se­cu­rity forces be­fore be­ing killed, said At­taullah Khughyani, a spokesman for the gov­er­nor.

Nine of the 17 wounded were dis­charged from a hospi­tal af­ter be­ing treated, he added. Reuters

EPA PIC

Sol­diers ar­rest­ing a sus­pected mil­i­tant af­ter an at­tack on the state-run RTA TV sta­tion in Jalal­abad, Afghanistan, yes­ter­day.

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