Kabul attack over, assailants killed: Afghan ministry

by Garry Watts April 22, 2019, 2:36
Kabul attack over, assailants killed: Afghan ministry

No other group claimed immediate responsibility, but the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group has previously carried out multiple deadly attacks in the capital.

"We were having lunch when we heard the explosion", said Rabia, who worked at the childcare center.

Saturday's attack opened shortly before midday with an explosion at the entrance to the multi-storey building housing the ministry in a busy commercial area of the city, followed up by gunfire which could be heard over a mile away.

Among the dead were four civilians and three police officers, while another eight civilians were wounded, a government official said.

After nearly five hours of fighting, security forces killed the remaining four attackers, Mojahid said.

There was no final casualty total but one security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said at least three people had been killed and nine wounded in addition to the attackers.

Killed, Dozens Injured After Church Collapses During Easter Service
Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, said 29 other people were hospitalized with serious injuries. COGTA MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and officials are reportedly making their way to the scene.

About five hours after the attack began, the Ministry of Interior declared the incident over.

He said as many as 2,700 government employees and civilians were rescued by security forces after being stuck in several government buildings including the central post office.

One woman said she had been in a group of about 30 people on the 10th floor when the assault started, then was told to move up to the 18th floor as gunfire increased. He said that according to eyewitnesses, many employees of the ministry have been evacuated.

The Taliban group has rejected the involvement of the group in today's coordinated attack on the ministry of telecommunications and information technology in Kabul.

Footage on local television showed a small plume at the building, and people climbing out windows on a lower level.

Past year however saw a string of attacks including one where a massive bomb concealed in an ambulance killed more than 100 people.

Recommended News


TOP News

US Intel Doubts North Korea Weapons Test Was Successful
North and South Korean leaders have met three times and Moon has said he is ready to meet again at any time. If it were, such a test would jeopardize discussions between North Korea and the USA , according to the AP.

Pixel 3 Customer Asks for Refund, Receives 9 Pixel 3’s Instead
How will you react when Google will send you 10 Pixel 3 smartphones against replacement or refund for your defective Pixel 3. The renders show "Tuesday, May 7" timestamp which hints that the devices will indeed get launched on 7th May in the USA.

Juventus title celebrations put on ice after shock defeat to SPAL
The 32-year-old Suarez has 20 goals in 50 career appearances in the Champions League, but only two goals in his last 25. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with his youngsters for their 0-0 draw with Huesca .

Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty Lightning
The team that began the playoffs with hopes of capturing its third Stanley Cup in four years looked ready to bounce back. What followed was a four-goal loss, a two-goal loss and finally another four-goal loss in Columbus' 7-3 win in Game 4.

Gay US mayor announces presidential bid
Williams-Preston says she hopes that if Buttigieg becomes president, he would take the lessons he learned in South Bend forward. Klobuchar wants to draw a sharp distinction with President Donald Trump , who is still trying to repeal "Obamacare".

Lawyer: Shackled children want normal adulthoods
Schwartz handed down life sentences for both David and Louise. "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children". Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to homeschool their children, learning was limited.

Asad Umar officially relieved of finance portfolio, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh appointed adviser
The IMF paints a gloomier picture, predicting growth of 2.9 per cent in 2019 and 2.8 per cent the following year. Energy expert Nadeem Babar has been appointed to lead the petroleum ministry.

World's Largest Aircraft Takes Flight for the First Time
The aircraft is created to release rockets attached to the centre of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet from tip to tip. Powered by six Boeing 747 engines, the plane is meant to climb twice as high, and with a space rocket strapped underneath.

Michelle Obama compares Trump to 'divorced dad'
She took a swipe at President Donald Trump - and single dads - during an event in London on Sunday. Obama said. "We have always come out at the other end - better and stronger".

Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to record-breaking four-year, $140 million extension
During the 2013 season, he led the team to its first Super Bowl victory in its history and has logged six Pro Bowl appearances. It was a stark change from the 2017 season when Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time under Wilson.