Three armed men stormed the provincial justice department in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Monday morning, killing at least four people, officials said.
“The gunmen shot two guards at the entrance of the justice department at 9:30 a.m. (local time) and walked into the building,” said a spokesman for the provincial police chief, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal.
Nangarhar Police Chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said the gun battle continued for three hours, killing the three attackers. Sherzad confirmed that the two guards killed were police officers assigned to guard the justice department and two other policemen were wounded.
Health officials in the province have confirmed the death of four people and injuries of 12 others. “Afghan forces rushed to the area and clashed with the militants for over two hours.
“There were dozens of government employees inside the building and there are no reports whether the gunmen have opened random shooting.