Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

Among the victims were thought to be dozens of teenagers studying English.

However, latest reports indicate at least 34 people were killed in the attack and 56 others have sustained injuries. He later revised that figure down.

Police officer Abdul Rahman said on August 16 that the attackers were holed up in a building near the compound overseen by the National Security Directorate in a western neighborhood of the Afghan capital.

The militants said about 110 people were either killed or wounded in Thursday's attack that began in the morning.

"I had told her and told her, "Don't go to school".

"I don't know how long we sacrifice our loved ones, I hope government (can) prevent such incidents".

The Taliban's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, neither confirmed nor denied their fighters carried out the raid.

An additional 48 people were killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack in front of an education center in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday.

Special units had arrived at the scene, Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said.

He told CNN that three gunmen were involved in the attack.

After some seven hours, officials said the two attackers were killed. The operation to neutralize the threat continues. "Children are not, and must never be the target of violence".

Kandahar was the religious heartland of the Taliban during their five-year rule that ended with the 2001 invasion by US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces following the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Members "underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice", the statement said.

The explosion, which came as the central city of Ghazni struggles to recover from five days of intense fighting between the Taliban and government forces, underlined how badly security in Afghanistan has degenerated, some two months before parliamentary elections scheduled for October. In 2017, more than 10,000 civilian were killed or injured. While the Taliban would love to take the city and hold it permanently, even if they can't, this kind of attack advances their political objectives which is especially important in the potential run-up to peace talks.

Numerous dead were security forces, he said, adding that many more had been injured, as fighting continued despite government and U.S. assurances that the assault had failed.

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