Soldiers patrol at the site of an attack in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar Province in east Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2014. A suicide car bomb blast targeted the provincial intelligence office building in Jalalabad early Saturday morning. (Xinhua/Tahir Safi)
KABUL, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least eight persons including six suicide attackers were killed as militants stormed the office of National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country's national intelligence agency in the eastern Nangarhar's provincial capital Jalalabad 120 km east of national capital Kabul on Saturday.
"Six terrorists attacked the provincial office of NDS in Jalalabad city this morning which triggered gun battle during which eight persons including all the six attackers were killed," spokesman for provincial government Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told reporters.
Two personnel of NDS were killed and five others sustained injuries during the blasts and gun battles lasted for around four hours, the official added.
"One of the terrorists detonated his explosive-borne vehicle next to the wall of the NDS compound enabling other terrorists to enter the compound and began firing," Abdulzai said, adding the security personnel reacted immediately and gun fight continued until 09:00 a.m. local time.
A total of 41 injured people had been taken to hospital and 15 of them after receiving first aid were discharged while 26 others are being hospitalized, the official further said, adding six dead bodies are still in hospital in Jalalabad city.
Meantime, the Taliban outfit which has been fighting the government to regain power in the conflict-ridden Afghanistan has claimed of responsibility for the deadly attack in Jalalabad city Saturday morning.
In an online statement, the extremist outfit claimed that a group of Taliban fighters armed with suicide vests and weapons attacked the intelligence agency department at 05:00 a.m. local time in Jalalabad city leaving dozens of the service members dead and injured.