Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Dozens Killed, Injured In Militant Raid On Kabul Government Compound

25 Dead 20 Wounded After Attack on Government Building in Kabul Gunmen storm Kabul government compound, gun battle ensues
Patty Aguilar | 25 December, 2018, 16:24

Official says brazen hours-long attack on government building in Afghan capital leaves 25 dead and 20 more wounded.

An official working in another government building close by said employees had locked themselves in their offices after hearing the explosions and gunfire.

On Monday afternoon, a number of attackers stormed a government building in downtown Kabul - few kilometers in the east of the green zone where diplomatic offices are located - at around 3pm Kabul time on Monday.

The attack began in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up a auto outside the Ministry of Public Works.

More than 300 people who were in the compound, which housed the Public Works Ministry and other government agencies, when it was attacked were freed by security forces in a gun battle that lasted around eight hours.

He also said that "any country which has given sanctuary to the Taliban and is giving safe haven to the group and are supporting them, are behind the attack".

"The "Taliban" crime syndicate must know that with every attack they carry out against our people our resolve is further strengthened to eliminate them".

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The attack comes at a time when the USA military has been ordered to begin planning to withdraw about half the troops in Afghanistan, as a U.S. defense official with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN last week.

The possibility of thousands of US troops leaving has triggered confusion and panic in the Kabul government and foreign missions who fear that sudden withdrawal would lead to the return of the Taliban regime, who are fighting to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law in Afghanistan.

Taliban insurgents control almost half of Afghanistan and are more powerful than at any time since a 2001 US -led invasion. The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, when it invaded to topple the Taliban regime that had harbored the al-Qaeda militants who planned the 9/11 attacks. The unexpected move stunned and dismayed foreign diplomats and Afghan officials in Kabul who are intensifying a push to end the conflict.

Kabul has suffered several similar attacks on government buildings and prominent meeting places in recent months. Ten Taliban were killed and dozens were wounded. Mullah Javed, a Taliban military commission chief, and three aides were killed in an air strike in the Zawul district, said a police official in Herat on Tuesday.

Afghan forces also killed a Taliban field commander in western Herat province on Monday.

General Scott Miller, the top United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, said Sunday he had not received orders to pull forces out of the country.

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