Karzai, Allen denounce assault
Multiple vehicle-borne and personal-borne improvised explosive devices were detonated at the entrance to the compound. Intense gunfire continued several hours after the blasts.
Eight people, including two foreigners, were killed during the attack in the Kart-i-Parwan neighbourhood. The dead included two Nepalese Gurkhas, with Afghan police officials bearing the brunt of casualties.
Karzai denounced the assault as the handiwork of ignorant and slavish elements. "The enemies of Afghanistan should know such attacks demonstrate their inability to face the security personnel," his office said.
Meanwhile, ISAF commander Gen. John R. Allen said: "This despicable act of murder and destruction, on this day of Afghan Independence, is yet another indication the insurgents have nothing but contempt for the Afghan people."
He promised: "We will continue to support our Afghan counterparts to destroy the networks behind this attack, and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions."
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