Terrorists Attack Midwifery School In Jalalabad

Joseph Lafave Contributor
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Two Militants launched an attack against a midwifery school on Saturday in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

According to the BBC, the terrorists attacked with explosives and small arms and engaged in a battle with local security forces that lasted for more than six hours.

According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, one civilian driver and two security guards were killed in the attack. Several other people were wounded, but the majority of the students and staff members were rescued unharmed.

Both of the attackers died in the battle. One died when he detonated a suicide vest, and security guards killed the other during the standoff.

Although no group has claimed responsibility, many experts suspect ISIS as the most likely culprit. According to the BBC, it is not clear as to why the terrorists targeted the Midwifery school in particular.

More than half of all babies born in Afghanistan are delivered without the support of a trained midwife, and given the country’s above-average infant mortality rates, schools and training centers such as the one in Jalalabad are vital to the country’s healthcare infrastructure.