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Four attackers killed in Kabul following overnight gunfight

Four attackers have been killed following massive explosions and hours-long sporadic gunfire within the diplomatic zone in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

 

"Four attackers who had one RPG launcher, three AK-47s and one grenade launcher were killed in Wazir Akbar Khan," Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Twitter early on Wednesday morning.

 

According to the official, no civilian or military casualties were reported.

 

"An unknown number of armed men have attacked what at this stage we believe is a guesthouse in the Wazir Akbar Khan district," Kabul’s police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi had said earlier on Tuesday night.

Several foreign embassies and diplomatic compounds are located in the Wazir Akbar Khan that has been a prime target of Taliban operations in the past.

The target of the attack was believed to be the Heetal Hotel, which was also the target of a terrorist attack in 2009 that killed eight people and wounding 40 others.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which come at the time of the Taliban’s so-called annual spring offensive against Afghan and foreign forces.

A series of attacks have recently been launched by the Taliban in the capital and other locations in the country.

On May 19, a Taliban car bomb went off in the justice ministry’s parking lot in Kabul killing four and injuring dozens of other people.

Earlier this month, Taliban militants targeted a guesthouse in the capital, killing 14 people who were attending a concert.

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Date: 2015-05-27 11:19:51 | Category: Islamic World | Visites: 484 | Like: 0

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