KABUL: A group of gunmen affiliated to the Taliban stormed a civic international organization in Kabul on Wednesday, almost 20 days after a complex attack on a government building which left more than a dozen people dead.
The attack started at 11:40am Kabul time with an explosion outside the entrance gate of Counterpart International, an international organization which is operating in Afghanistan since 2005 and was followed by gunfight as other attackers tried to enter the building, according to Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Ministry of Interior Affairs. Wahid Mayar, spokesman for Ministry of Public Health, said at least nine wounded were taken to hospitals following the attack. Ambulances, firefighters and military vehicles were seen near the attack scene. The security forces seized an explosive-laden vehicle from the attackers and rescued more than 150 employees of the Counterpart International. Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile UNAMA condemned Taliban’s deliberate targeting of civilian aid org, Counterpart International in civilian area of Kabul Afghanistan. “Today’s attack particularly deplorable, hitting civilians helping Afghans & taking place during Ramadan,” the statement from the UN agency said yesterday.
The Kabul Times