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11 dead as clash near Spanish embassy in Kabul ends

11 dead as clash near Spanish embassy in Kabul ends

Dec 12, 2015 - 09:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Gunbattles around the Spanish embassy in a heavily fortified neighbourhood of Kabul ended with the killing of at least 11 people on Saturday morning, officials said.

The clashes began on Saturday evening when the Talibaninfo-icon stormed a foreign guesthouse after a suicide car bombing in the diplomatic area, killing a Spanish police officer and wounding seven civilians.

The upscale neighbourhood of Sherpur was jolted by five more explosions and bursts of gunfire. The suicide car bombing happened close to the guesthouse, Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi told reporters.

Security personnel killed two assailants but some others entered the guesthouse, with police rescuing three Spanish citizens. The operation continued until Saturday, as the militants continued trading fire with the security personnel.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted seven civilians had been wounded and one foreign security guard killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban.

On Saturday morning, three attackers on the roof were shot dead by police. Three security guards were killed in the initial explosion, said another security official, who did not want to be named.

The source added the fatalities included four assailants, as many policemen, two Spaniards and an Afghan civilian.

Several foreign embassies, NGO buildings and senior officials’ residences are located in the area. The scene was immediately cordoned off by police and other law-enforcement personnel.

Preliminary reports indicated the involvement of several gunmen in the attack, which came hard on the heels of a media briefing given by President Ashraf Ghani.

Some wounded people were seen being shifted to a nearby hospital after the blast, claimed by the Taliban. Suicide bombers targeted a guesthouse, claimed the movement’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

One resident, who identified himself as Saleem Ahmad, said the heavy blast happened at about 6pm, scaring the people. Gunshots rang out in the area for quite some time, added.




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