At least 16 civil­ians killed at work­place

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JALAL­ABAD – At least 16 civil­ians were killed Wed­nes­day in an elab­o­rate at­tack on a con­struc­tion com­pany, of­fi­cials said.

The at­tack started with an early morn­ing sui­cide ex­plo­sion at the en­trance of a con­struc­tion com­pany in Jalal­abad. Af­ter the blast, four armed at­tack­ers wear­ing sui­cide vests en­tered the com­pound and shot em­ploy­ees, prompt­ing a fire­fight with Afghan se­cu­rity forces that lasted more than five hours, said At­taullah Kh­ogyani, a spokesman for the Nan­garhar provin­cial gov­er­nor.

The of­fice of the com­pany, En­tire Builders and En­gi­neers, is close to the provin­cial air­port, where U.S. and Afghan forces are sta­tioned.

“All those killed were em­ploy­ees of EBE. Nine civil­ians were also wounded in the at­tack, two of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” Kh­ogyani said. “All five at­tack­ers were killed, a ve­hi­cle laden with ex­plo­sives, two sui­cide vests, rock­ets and mines were dis­cov­ered in the scene of at­tack by se­cu­rity forces.”

The Tal­iban said they were not be­hind the at­tack.

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