The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed three staff members at a midwife training center.
Two ISIS militants took hostages Saturday inside the center that had at least 70 students and teachers within, according to reports by the Guardian. One ISIS fighter detonated a suicide vest, killing himself, while another was killed by security forces, according to Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar provincial governor’s spokesman told the Guardian. Eight other people were injured in the terrorist seize.
“We don’t know why the midwife centre came under attack,” Inamullah Miakhil, a spokesman for the provincial health department told the Guardian, but he believes that all NGOs and government agencies in Jalalabad are at risk. (RELATED: ISIS Kills 12 In Afghanistan Suicide Bombing)
The training facility is funded by the public health ministry and 48 women from remote parts of the country were enrolled in the two-year midwifery course to provide reproductive services to women in Afghanistan.
ISIS has continued its violent rampages throughout Afghanistan, and was responsible for several other deadly attacks earlier in July. Despite U.S. efforts to foster a peace deal between the Afghani government and the Taliban, the largest terrorist organization in the country, ISIS continues to simultaneously run rampant and the U.S. has vowed to stop it completely.
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