Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, said 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 said the attack started around 5 a.m. and lasted until 10:30 a.m.
Khogyani said that there were five attackers, two of whom detonated their suicide vests while three others were shot and killed by the security forces. The fighting has ended but a clear-up operation is still underway.
An Afghan official said that militants set off a suicide blast and stormed a construction company near the main airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 4 people.
The province’s police chief, Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai said that five people were also wounded when the bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosives at the gate of the company on Wednesday morning.
Stanikzai said that several other attackers then stormed inside the company where a gunbattle is underway now. The casualty toll could rise further.
The police chief also said that U.S. forces have arrived at the scene.
No one has claimed immediately the attack but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar province.