Militants fire rockets at US embassy injuring 16 and killing one
The Taliban launched a coordinated assault on Kabul yesterday as rockets were fired at the US and other embassies and two suicide bombers struck elsewhere in the city.
Fighting back: Afghanistan's security forces secure the area near the building where attackers wearing suicide vests and carrying guns were firing from in Kabul. Afghan commandos run towards the site of an on-going attack in Kabul. Pic/AFP
Insurgents took over a multi-storey building near the heavily-fortified diplomatic district of the Afghan capital, firing rockets at several embassies and NATO compounds.
In western Kabul, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to a police building � killing an officer.
A second suicide bomber wounded two people when he detonated his device near the Habibia high school. A third was shot dead by police near Kabul airport.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, "We have launched attacks on a road near the airport targeting police and two other areas in the west against security forces."
There were reports the gang who took over the empty building in Wazir Akbar Khan were 10 in number and armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and shoulder-held rockets.
The US embassy said its personnel were safe after the attack as British Ambassador Sir William Patey confirmed it had been a target.
One rocket hit a school bus, but it appeared to have been empty at the time of impact. Four wounded civilians had been taken to hospitals, a deputy health minister said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group was armed with rocket-propelled grenades, suicide bomb vests and AK-47s, and was targeting government buildings, the US embassy and the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
He also confirmed that the group had sent two suicide attackers to west Kabul, and said they had attacked a military convoy near the airport. The last claim could not be verified.
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