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>> Islamic state has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a state run TV station in the city of Jalalabad in Eastern Afghanistan. Four attackers, among the ten people killed in the attack, the latest in a series on Afghan journalists and media in recent years. Another 24 left wounded.
It comes just a week after it was confirmed that the leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan had been killed in an U.S. drone strike. The raid on the RTA state broadcaster was carried out by four attackers. One of the militants detonated a suicide bomb at the entrance to the compound.
The three other fighters were killed by security forces in the gun battle. Also killed were four RTA employees, and two policemen. One employee of the station recounted how he tried to contact trapped colleagues.>>
> I went on assignment moments before the attack happened. All of my colleagues were inside the building.
I tried to call them, but they did not respond. Their phones were not working.>> The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee condemned the attack and said it was a violation of the rules of war that protect media as civilians. Islamic State has established a stronghold in Nangarhar Province bordering Pakistan of which Jalalabad is capital.
There, it fights both the Taliban and Afghan government forces. The militant group has recently been hit hard by U.S. airstrikes and special forces operations.