Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack by Islamic State militants at the British charity Save the Children compound in Jalalabad on January 25, 2018. AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA
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Dozens of men and women working for the British charity dashed to the basement – which Afghans often reinforce as a "safe room" against militant attacks – as the assault began Wednesday, a move which saved their lives.AFP could not verify his fate but all those trapped in the basement are believed to have survived.Even as the attack was underway and its staff still trapped inside the building, Save the Children announced it was suspending operations in Afghanistan – the latest international aid group to downgrade its presence in the war-torn country.Afghanistan recorded the second highest number of attacks against aid workers worldwide in 2016, according to U.K.-based research group Humanitarian Outcomes.
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