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Kabul attack ends after all 5 assailants eliminated

Kabul attack ends after all 5 assailants eliminated

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Jul 01, 2019 - 21:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior said on Monday that the brazen attack near Gulbahar township in Kabul came to an end with the killing of all five attackers involved. Six people were killed and 84 others wounded in the attack.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said first a car bomb was exploded in front of the township in Pul-i-Mahmood Khan area and then five gunmen entered a building.

The heavily-secured neighbourhood is home to some military and government buildings, including one shared by Afghanistaninfo-icon's intelligence agency and defence ministry, as well as the Afghan Football Federation and Cricket Board.

“As the attack began, national police special forces immediately reached the site and killed the five attackers after an hours long battle,” Rahimi said.

He said four civilians, including a child and a guard of Shamsahd TV, and two special police personnel were killed in the attack that left another 84 people, including school children and civilians injured.

A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter in the area said the gunfire continued as of 7pm.

An eyewitness and Ministry of Defense engineering department official Maj. Karimullah after the attack told reporters that first two suicide bombings took place and then the remaining attackers opened fire at government buildings.

“The first blast was so powerful that caused casualties to many people. Everyone was trying to get out of office and reach a safe place.”

The Talibaninfo-icon also confirmed that five attackers were involved in the carnage and they fought with security forces for eight hours.

Mirrors and windowpanes of several buildings and shops were shattered in the blasts.

Shukrullah, whose cousin Roohullah was killed in the attack, told Pajhwok that he was making calls to his cousin on his phone, but he was not replying. Then he started searching for his cousin in hospitals.

“We searched for Roohullah in the emergency, Wazir Akbar Khan, 400-bed hospital, children and Ibni Sena hospitals, but did not find him. We were showed lists of the injured. There were 150 injured and five dead bodies.”

Roohullah was a resident of Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province. He left behind six children. He was killed when his container shop was blown up.

Abdul Ghafar, who runs a furniture shop in first Macro Rayan area, said: “I was sitting in my shop when a powerful blast occurred, falling down all glasses in my shop. I, my son and a servant got injured.”

Ghafar left his shop open and ran towards his nearby home and found his wife and a small child bleeding after being hit by flying glasses.

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