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Taliban Attack in Kabul Leave Dozens Dead

Taliban Attack in Kabul Leave Dozens Dead Dozens Killed in Kabul as Taliban Attack

An explosion rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday morning — the apparent work of Taliban militants targeting a security team that protects government VIPs, a police official told CNN.

Kabul’s police chief said at least 28 people died. More than 300 were wounded, according to authorities.

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Despite the target, most of the victims were civilians — including women and children, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.

A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle filled with explosives in a private parking lot behind the compound, destroying the back wall of a building, according to Sediqi. A second attacker then entered the building. That attacker died in a gunbattle with security forces less than two hours later, Sediqi said.

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The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

“First a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden lorry on the gate of the department and then other armed attackers went in and started shooting on the rest of the enemies,” the statement said.

Witnesses said they continued to hear gunfire after the explosion, which occurred in a busy part of Kabul near the Afghan Defense Ministry and presidential palace.

The attack comes a week after the Taliban declared the start of a spring offensive, designed to “employ all means at our disposal to bog the enemy down in a war of attrition that lowers the morale of the foreign invaders and their internal armed militias.”

Credit: CNN

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