Afghan-NATO response to assaults concludes
Several gunmen, equipped with heavy and light weapons, stormed a high-rise building under construction near the Abdul Haq Square in the heavily-fortified capital city at around 1:30pm on Tuesday.
They began firing at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, the US embassy, NATO headquarters and some government compounds, Ghulam Siddiq Siddiqui, a spokesman for the interior ministry, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Four people, including a policeman, were killed and nine others wounded in the attack, he said, fearing the casualty figures could be higher.
Separately, militants carried out suicide blasts near Deh Mazang Square and Habibia High School on the Darul Aman road, he said, explaining one suicide bomber was killed before reaching his target in the Bibi Mahro area on Kabul Airport Road.
A suicide bomber, who wanted to enter the Public Order Police Headquarters in the Deh Mazang area, detonated his explosives prematurely after being identified by police. One police officer was killed and two others were injured in the blast.
Another suicide attacker detonated his explosives-packed vest at the entrance to the 202nd Shamshad Police Zone Headquarters, killing a police officer and a civilian and injuring six others.
Meanwhile, the ISAF said Afghan Forces, supported by coalition troops, successfully concluded their joint operation on Wednesday morning against the insurgents who attacked several locations in Kabul.
Afghan and coalition forces trapped the fighters in the partially constructed, multi-storey building they were using as a firing position, and conducted a methodical, floor-by-floor clearing operation, it added.
"The people of Afghanistan have chosen a path to the future with transition," said Gen. John R. Allen, the ISAF commander. "In this attack, the insurgency succeeded in killing Afghan civilians, once again demonstrating their bankrupt ideology, which has been rejected by the people."
Current reports indicate that six ISAF personnel were wounded, a statement from the NATO-led force said.
As usual, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attacks and said fighters, armed with 82-mm artillery, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), PK machineguns, hand grenades, and suicide vests, carried out the well-orchestrated melee. Dozens of Afghan and international troops were killed, Mujahid concluded.
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