Kabul Suicide Blast, Gunfire: Seven Killed, 327 Wounded; Taliban Claims Responsibility


At least seven people were killed and 327 others wounded in an ongoing Taliban attack in central Kabul on Tuesday, the Afghan health ministry said.

“Many of those wounded are in serious condition,” ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi told AFP.

The attack that apparently targeted the offices of Afghanistan`s main security agency was followed by a heavy firefight.

“(We) condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of Kabul, as a result of which many of our countrymen were martyred and wounded,” Ghani said in a statement without specifying the number.

“Such cowardly terrorist attacks will not weaken the will and determination of Afghan security forces to fight against terrorism,” Ghani said.

He tweeted;

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed their fighters had managed to enter the offices of the National Directorate of Security, the main spy agency.

The blast during the morning traffic hour was easily the biggest in Kabul since a truck bombing wounded 240 people last August, and was the first in the capital since the Taliban declared the start of their spring offensive last week.


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