Kabul, May 20: At least two civilians were killed and over five others were injured after gunmen stormed into a New Kabul Bank branch in eastern Paktia province. The attack took place on Saturday afternoon, after which the government also confirmed about the casualties. After the incident, the security in the region has been kept on high alert.
The rebel attack on a branch of New Kabul Bank started at 2:30 pm local time (10:00 am GMT), and some government officials said that the combing operation is still on.
According to Associated Press report, Abdullah Hsrat, a spokesperson from Paktia, said an unknown number of gunmen had attacked the Bank in Gardez, the provincial capital, on Saturday. Hsrat says two of the attackers have been shot and killed by Afghan security forces.
Some reports suggest that no terror organisation has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but in last few years Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks against Afghan security forces across the country.
Todays terror attack is followed by the deadly ISIS strike on a television station in eastern Afghanistan that had left at least six people dead and injured many others.
Four employees working at a TV station and two police officers were killed on Wednesday. Out of five attackers, four were killed, including a suicide bomber and the fifth attacker was arrested.
Soon after the attack, ISIS claimed the attack in a message posted on the Telegram messaging service by the ISIS-affiliated media Amaq. In this attack around 19 other people were also injured, including seven others who were treated in hospital and released.
Soon after the attack, a crisis response team was called at the scene and searched the premises room by room. In Afghanistan, civilians are often targeted by militants in suicide bombing and shooting attacks.
In February, five Red Cross field officers and a team of three drivers were on their way to deliver livestock materials to an area in Jawzan province when “unknown armed men” attacked it.