July 29, 2018 / 2:24 PM / 5 months ago

Islamic State claims attack on Afghan midwife center: statement

FILE PHOTO: An Afghan security guard stands at the gate of a midwife training center after an attack in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan July 28, 2018.REUTERS/Parwiz

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack on a midwife training center in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Saturday that killed three staff.

The ultra-hardline militant group, which cited no evidence for its claim in a statement issued via its Amaq news agency, said the attack was carried out by two gunmen.

Islamic State has a stronghold in the province of Nangarhar surrounding Jalalabad, bordering Pakistan.

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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