Taliban suicide fighters launched a multi-pronged attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul on Tuesday, firing rockets toward the U.S. and other embassies and sending three suicide bombers to targets in the city’s west and near the airport.
In the assaults, two civilians and two policemen were killed and 24 people were injured, as more than a dozen explosions echoed through the upmarket and heavily guarded diplomatic district, and NATO and Afghan helicopters roared overhead.
The Taliban have launched large-scale attacks on multiple targets in the life of Kabul in the past, but this is the first time they have organized attacks against the separate areas simultaneously.
Meanwhile, the Taliban took responsibility for the attacks, NATO indiacted, were an attempt to derail plans to hand over security to the Afghan armed forces.
Near the heavily fortified embassy district, the insurgents have invested a tall building under construction and fired rockets and automatic rifles to several embassies and connections to NATO.
The shooting lasted until the wee hours of early evening, killing two insurgents and a couple others are still at large, said the interior ministry on twitter, adding that a policeman was killed.
In the west of Kabul, only a few miles away, a suicide bomber detonated at the entrance of a building in the city police civil order, killing one policeman and wounding two.
A second suicide bomber killed a civilian to the post of regional police near the Habibia High School, and wounded four, Asadullah Ludin, a spokesman for the police chief. And on a road near the airport, a suicide bomber was by the police and were 7 kg (15.5 lb) of explosives seized were killed, said the office of chief of police in Kabul a statement.