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Kabul shaken by series of attacks ahead of Eid al-Adha

35 people killed, more than 100 wounded, mostly civilians in a series of suicide attacks in Kabul; three terrorists killed in Shahr-e-Naw after 11 hours-long battle; security forces successfully rescued 42 people, including ten foreigners.

Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: At least 35 people, including security forces, were killed and more than 100 people wounded in a series of suicide attacks and a car bombing in the capital Kabul within 24 hours, security officials said.

Following twin blasts near the entrance of the Ministry of Defense (MoD), and an overnight attack, involving four terrorists, against an office of the care non-governmental organization in Kabul left at least 35 people dead and wounded more than 100.

Afghan Police Special Forces “successful” ended the 11-hours long siege on Tuesday morning, killing all three insurgents, who had stormed the care international compound last night following a car bombing near to the entrance of the office, Interior Ministry Spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi said.

He said that shortly after the attack Police Special Forces reached the area and immediately conducted clearance operation to kill the attackers who barricaded themselves inside the office.

Moreover, he said that all three insurgents involved in the attack were killed inside care office after long-hours clashes. “42 people including 10 foreigners, who were trapped in care compound were also rescued safely.” He added that six others, who were mostly civilians were wounded in the attack.

He stated that police forces operated very carefully in a bid to prevent civilian casualties in the area, therefore, clearance crackdowns lasted for hours.

According to the eyewitness, heavy and light weapons sporadic firings were heard in the area since last night till Tuesday morning. As the explosion was too heavy, nearby shops and house windows were shattered in the area.

Moreover, the Ministry of Interior strongly condemned the attack and said that Taliban through such terrorist attacks in the cities want to hide their failures in battlefields against the Afghans security forces.

In the past 24 hours, this was the third attack in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. Twin blasts occurred near to the Ministry of Defense gate on Monday afternoon, which killed 35 people including security forces and wounded more than 100 others, mostly civilians.

The Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah said: “I strongly condemn the heinous attack by coward terrorists in Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul. This was an act against religion, human faith and humanity.”

Furthermore, he said that Afghans are fighting a war against terrorists, who are trained, advised, supported and instructed in our neighborhood.

“While we seek beneficial relationship with neighbors, we won’t turn a blind eye to blatant support of terrorist activities in our country,” he added.

He insisted that Afghan government will have clear words with those financing and promoting the killing of Afghans under the name of Taliban, Haqqani and Daesh groups.

“We will take all measures to ask for the lives of our people and will hold the perpetrators accountable,” he said, adding terrorists and those that choose to support and harbor terrorist organizations should note the resilience of our people.

The bloods of innocent people were not washed away from street near to the MoD, which the third boom heard in Shahr-e-Now area following by sporadic firings till Tuesday morning.

The series of attacks took place in Kabul while six days left to Eid al-Adha. Kabul residents were at full-swing to widely celebrate Eid Days. But, unfortunately, Kabul residents were plunged into mourning after series of the attacks.

Moreover, the Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for twin bombings near to the MoD. But there is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack carried on care organization in Shahr-e-Now.

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