Attack on bank kills 8, wounds 31 in Afghanistan's Gardez city

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-20 21:26:26|Editor: Song Lifang
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GARDEZ, Afghanistan, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Up to eight people were confirmed dead while 31 others sustained injuries after militants attacked the local branch of New Kabul Bank in Afghanistan's Gardez city Saturday.

"We have received eight dead bodies and 31 injured persons in the hospital in Gardez city," Shir Mohammad, head of public health department in Gardez city, told Xinhua.

Quoting security officials, Mohammad said that the conflict was over and five of the dead bodies belonged to the attackers.

The attack begun at 02:50 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to the gate of the bank, enabling other militants to enter the compound of the bank and begun indiscriminate firing.

Officials have cordoned off the area and do not allow journalists to get access to the site of the attack.

No groups or individuals have claimed of responsibility for the deadly attack. This is the second high profile attack in the eastern region of Afghanistan over the past four days.

The previous attack for which Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility saw armed militants storm the state-run television station in Jalalabad city on Wednesday.