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Isis Claims Responsibility for ‘Deadly Attack’ on Afghan Ministry

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 20:58 GMT

Terrorist group Isis have claimed responsibility for the attack that killed ten people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital on Saturday April 20th.

Four Isis extremists detonated explosives near the ministry, then entered and "battled Afghan security forces with machine guns and hand grenades for numerous hours," the group said in a statement on its social media channels, on Sunday April 21st.

The attack in central Kabul killed a total of seven civilians and three members of the security forces, the interior ministry said on Sunday, April 21st, in a new toll after three people died of their wounds, according to AFP.

Journalists heard one big blast around 11:40 am (0710 GMT), followed by sporadic gunfire for hours afterwards.

By about 5:00 pm (1230 GMT), the interior ministry declared the assault over.

"All suicide bombers killed & more than 2,000 civilians staff rescued," it said on Twitter.

General Sayed Mohammad Roshan Dil, the Kabul police chief, said the four attackers had been wearing police uniforms.

Panicked workers inside the 18-storey building, believed to be Kabul's tallest, scrambled up to the top floor as the fighting raged below.

One woman said she had been in a group of about 30 people on the tenth floor when the assault started, then was told to move up to the 18th floor as gunfire increased. They were all eventually rescued by commandos.

Aside from a grenade attack on a military vehicle last week and outbreaks of persistent crime, Kabul has in recent weeks enjoyed a period of relative calm.

Last year however saw a string of attacks including one where a massive bomb concealed in an ambulance killed more than 100 people.