• Zach Bernabe

ISIS attacks TV building, kills 6


Yesterday, May 16, 2017, four ISIS gunmen launched a deadly attack on a television building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The attack occurred in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, which is an "established stronghold" of ISIS and the same location where the "Mother of all Bombs," was dropped last month, according to Al Jazeera.

The attack first started when two of the attackers came into the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) building as suicide bombers and attacked the outside of the compound. For the next four hours, according to the BBC, the other two came inside and began attacking security while killing four civilians and two police officers. The ISIS gunmen were also killed in the battle.

According to Al Jazeera, at least 16 people were wounded in the attack, including journalists. Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, second only to Syria.

While the attack happened in Taliban territory, the Taliban has stated it was "not involved"; ISIS claimed responsibility for the event through its own news outlet, according to the BBC. However, both groups have been involved in "high profile attacks in recent months." Additionally, ISIS and Taliban are also at war with each other in the area.