Friday, January 18, 2013

Afghanistan: National Directorate of Security attacked by suicide bombers

A squad of suicide bombers stormed a complex of Afghan secret service Wednesday 16 in the center of Kabul, killing two guards before being slaughtered. Thirty-three civilians were wounded.

The last attack in the capital dated back to December 17, while the author of these lines was there. A car bomb had jumped in front of the buildings of the American company Contrack working for the Afghan army, leaving one dead and a dozen wounded, including five foreigners.

Wednesday 16 noon, a loud explosion heard in several districts of Kabul marked the beginning of the attack, in a large busy street near the Interior Ministry and the Green Zone, within which are especially embassies and international organizations.

Six terrorists packed with explosives

According Shafiqullah Taheri, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (National Directorate of Security, NDS) first attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the complex, before being followed by five other attackers are out of a second vehicle.

The six men, armed vests packed with explosives, grenades and Kalashnikov assault rifles, were all killed.

General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, police chief of Kabul, confirmed the number of six suicide bombers.

Another car bomb with a "new liquid explosive," was found near the scene and neutralized, said Taheri without elaborating. "Our experts were able to defuse the explosive three minutes before they leap," he said.

NDS custody of two died during the attack. A total of 33 civilians were injured, 17 of which are still hospitalized, said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior.

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