An Afghan provincial spokesperson says the death toll from a militant attack on a construction company near a main airport in the country’s east has risen to 16.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, says that along with the 16 killed, nine other people were wounded when the militants launched a suicide bombing and stormed a construction company near the airport outside Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

He says the attack started around 5 a.m. and lasted until 10:30 a.m. Khogyani says there were five attackers, two of whom detonated their suicide vests while three others were shot and killed by the security forces.

He says the fighting has ended but a clear-up operation is still underway.



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