16 killed in attack on Afghan construction company

Kabul - By Qiam Noori and Mohammad Jawad, – Sixteen people working at a construction company in eastern Afghanistan were killed on Wednesday after a group of attackers stormed the business, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

Another nine employees were injured, some seriously, in the attack on the company opposite the airport of the provincial capital Jalalabad, Ataullah Khogyani said.
The attack began at around 5:00 am (1230 GMT) and ended at around 11:00 am, Ataullah Khogyani said.
All five assailants were killed but a clearance operation was still ongoing, Khogyani said.
Security forces also defused a car bomb during the operation and destroyed two suicide vests.  
It was not immediately clear why the construction company was targeted. Khogyani told dpa that the company was a local one.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State, have an active presence in various parts of the province.

Wednesday, March 6th 2019
By Qiam Noori and Mohammad Jawad,

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