KABUL: Around 24 people have been killed and at least 208 people were wounded in a truck bomb on the VIPs protection unit in the capital Kabul on Tuesday morning.
A heavy explosion occurred in front of the unit in the 16th police district of the capital at around 9am, officials and witnesses said.
A number of gunmen entered the compound and engaged in trading gunfire with security forces for 15 minutes. The fire exchange ended at 11am.
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) spokesman Dr. Wahid Majrooh confirmed 208 injured people had been evacuated to Kabul hospitals. He was unaware about the exact fatalities.
a security source, on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Afghanistan Times that at least 24 people have been also killed.
A Pajhwok reporter at the site said that the explosion was so powerful that it shattered windowpanes in nearby buildings and markets. He saw six bodies and 20 wounded people were evacuated to hospital from the site.
Security officials confirmed the incident but had no information about exact figures of casualties.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms and said a number of people had been killed or wounded.
As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault that comes a week after the insurgent group announced the launch of its spring offensive.
The militants claimed all people inside the building had been killed or wounded by a number of fighters who entered there.