Gunfire and Blasts Reported Near Women’s Dorm in Eastern Afghanistan

Multiple explosions in Jalalabad, prompting evacuations, no word on casualties
July 28, 2018 Updated: July 30, 2018

A number of explosions were reported in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and gunshots could be heard in the area of a dormitory for trainee midwives, local officials said on Saturday.

Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial government spokesman, said at least some of the students, most of them from Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan, had been evacuated from the building.

Smoke could be seen rising from the site as security forces and ambulances rushed to the scene, which was blocked off to traffic. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Afghan security forces arrive at an area where explosions and gunshots were heard, in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan, July 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Parwiz)

The attack is the latest in a series to have hit Jalalabad in recent weeks, causing dozens of casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but recent attacks have been claimed by Islamic State, which has a stronghold in the surrounding province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

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