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7 dead, 17 wounded in Kabul attacks

7 dead, 17 wounded in Kabul attacks

Sep 13, 2011 - 13:44

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Seven people, including four policemen, were killed and 17 others wounded in back-to-back militant attacks in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.

Five policemen and a dozen civilians were among the injured, the Kabul crime branch chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zahir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Security forces were trying to kill or capture the attackers hiding in a building under construction in the heart of the capital, he said.

At about 1.30pm, a string of suicide bombings rocked the Abdul Haq Square, with militants firing at the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) office.

A slaughterhouse and a government-run printing press also came under fire. The assailants fired rockets at US embassy, NATOinfo-icon headquarters and Tolo TV channel.

Three of the attackers were killed and a clash with the rest was ongoing, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the commander of the 101st Asmayee police zone, told a news conference.

He said the building had been encircled by police, with two coalition helicopters flying over the area to kill the attackers as soon as possible.

Afghan and coalition forces immediately responded to the assault, and were still on the scene, ISAFinfo-icon said, adding US troops were providing air support. "There are no reports of ISAF casualties at this time," the NATO-led force said.

A private school vehicle was damaged by one of the rockets. A reporter of the Iranian TV channel, Sada Wa Sima, is said to be among five civilians injured.

As usual, the Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack. Their spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the fighters, armed with heavy weapons, were fighting with the security personnel.

The US embassy, the USAIDinfo-icon main office, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, and other important offices are located in the neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, US embassy spokesperson Kerri Hannan said: "We can confirm there are no casualties at this time among embassy personnel."

A second suicide attack took place at the entrance to the 202nd Shamshad Police Headquarters on the Darul Aman Road, killing one policeman and wounding four others, including three civilians.

Salangi said the third suicide attacker was killed before reaching his target, the first brigade of public order police. The attack caused no other fatalities, according to the commander.

But another police officer, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Rassoul Tarakhel, said the attack on the entrance to the police headquarters killed one policeman and wounded two others.

According to a security official, who did not want to be named, the blast on Darul Aman Road killed one policeman and wounded six others. "Police officer Jan Ali was killed in the blast while chasing the attacker."

A Pajhwok reporter saw the wreckage of an armoured vehicle of police and body parts of suicide attackers on the scene.

Witness Abdul Ahmad said the bombings, followed by heavy gunfire, took place at around 3pm.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed risibility for the suicide attacks on Afghan security personnel.




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