South Asian Insider
International aid agency office attacked in Afghanistan
Kabul, Jan 24, Insurgents on Wednesday attacked the headquarters of an international aid agency in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, injuring 11 people, a government official said. The attack, still ongoing, began at 9.10 a.m. when the attackers detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children aid agency in the eastern Afghan city. According to the BBC, the assault began with a suspected suicide car bomb blast at the entrance of the agency’s compound. Gunmen were now said to be using machine guns and RPGs from higher floors in the building.International aid agency“Eleven injured so far taken to hospital from the site,” said Attaullah Khogyanai, spokesperson for the Nangarhar provincial government. Images showed showed a huge plume of thick black smoke rising from the compound and people fleeing from the area. The area was cordoned off by security forces. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. A Save the Children spokesperson told the BBC in a statement that the group was “devastated”. “Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our staff.International aid agency“There are several other aid agencies in the area along with government offices.Save the Children carries out education, healthcare and protection work for children in Afghanistan. Charity groups continue to work under tough conditions in Afghanistan, facing regular attacks and kidnappings. In October last year, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced it would be “drastically” reducing “its presence and activities” in the country after several attacks and the killings of seven of its staff members.
US opens embassy in Jerusalem as clashes between Israel police and Palestinians leave 37 dead
The US on Monday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a city at the epicenter of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, even as protests eru...
First Lady Melania Trump undergoes ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition
First lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain h...
From a rice mill clerk to south’s first BJP CM, a look back at Yeddyurappa’s political journey
From serving as secretary to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to becoming the first BJP chief minister in the south and later...
DU admissions 2018 commence today: Online application, courses offered, fees, exam date, expected cut-off
DU admission 2018: Delhi University (DU) will begin online registration to its undergraduate programmes on May 15, that is, tomorr...
J&K govt removes officer who issued order for Kashmiri Pandits visiting Kheer Bhawani temple
Days after Deputy Commissioner (Relief), Jammu, asked Kashmiri Pandits intending to visit temples in the Valley on Kheer Bhawani f...
Maharashtra govt to rope in private players for teleradiology
Facing a shortage of radiologists, the Maharashtra government plans to set up teleradiology centres in rural and tribal areas to d...
PNB-Modi chargesheet: Named in Nirav Modi case, Allahabad Bank CEO, two PNB directors face axe
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the alleged Rs 13,400-crore fraud involving diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncl...
Vijay Mallya loses $1.55 billion assets case in UK court
Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, undergoing an extradition trial in a UK court over fraud and money laundering charges by Ind...
Tourist death in J&K: Take relook at amnesty to stone pelters, JCCI president appeals to Centre
The death of a tourist from Chennai in attack by stone pelters in Kashmir evoked widespread criticism in Jammu, with ruling Bharat...
Google I/O 2018 keynote LIVE UPDATES: Google Assistant to get six new voices, new features
Google I/O 2018 opens today on May 8 with a live keynote address by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The annual developer conference is t...
© All rights Reserved. The south Asian, Published Weekly from New york.