Six dead in ISIL attack on Jalalabad TV station

Thursday, 18 May 2017

At least six people have been killed by assailants wearing suicide vests who stormed a national television and radio station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, government officials say.

The attackers carrying AK-47s entered Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) on Wednesday in the latest assault on news media workers in the country.

The raid on the RTA state broadcaster was carried out by four attackers, one of whom had detonated a suicide bomb at the entrance to the compound, said Gulab Mangal, governor of Nangarhar.

As the attack unfolded, heavy gunfire was heard from around the RTA building, which is close to the governor’s compound.

The three others were killed by security forces in the gun battle, Mangal said.