Taliban bombs diplomats & NATO HQ
The Taliban has launched coordinated attacks on the diplomatic area and NATO headquarters in Kabul, also targeting adjoining provinces. The group says it’s in retaliation for Koran burnings, the US marine urination video and the Kandahar massacre.
The Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed multiple attacks on seven locations across Kabul.
Afghan parliament came under rocket fire, with residents reporting explosions near it. Several attackers attempted to enter the building, but they were driven back by security forces. A police officer was killed and 10 others injured in an explosion near the parliament.
A witness said a rocket-propelled grenade hit the residence of the British ambassador. Two rockets reportedly hit a British Embassy guard tower, according to the reports.
Smoke could also be seen from the direction of the German embassy. Three rockets struck the Japanese embassy, but nobody was hurt and the embassy’s staff was safely evacuated to a nearby air raid shelter, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.
There have also been reports that Russian embassy buildings were attacked, though Russian diplomats later denied the embassy was under fire.
Suicide bombers took over the Kabul Star Hotel, known to be used by foreigners, launching rocket and rifle fire.
The Taliban claimed they also attacked President Karzai’s presidential palace compound. Later Karzai’s aide said that the Afghan president is under lockdown in Kabul.
An intelligence official told Agence France-Presse that a group of three targeted the home of Karzai deputy Mohammad Karim Khalili. All three were arrested with suicide vests, guns and other explosives on them.
Afghan security forces reportedly managed to capture two suicide bombers, stopping them en route to their targets.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs reported at least 17 insurgents and suicide bombers were killed by the Afghan Police Force – including four in Kabul, another four in Jalalabad, three in Paktia, and three in Logar province. Two attackers were arrested. One police officer was killed and 17 police were wounded – 11 in Kabul and three each in Logar and Paktia provinces, the ministry said. Fourteen civilians also were injured in the attacks.
Hours after the first attacks took place, fighting was still underway in the capital, a police chief said. Several blasts and gunfire were reported in central Kabul early Monday.
the so called “spring offensive” has begun again..the “taliban” have the patience of job..they can wait and wait and wait..and they will..
see the irony in the picture?..the american burger..