xinhuanet.com/ Explosion, gunfire rock Kabul, killing 4 attackers

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) At least four attackers were killed as an explosion and ensuing gunshots rocked a fortified residential compound used by foreign staffs of UN and other international organizations in eastern part of Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday night, sources said.

“A suicide car bomb targeted around the entrance gate of the compound named Green Village which locates in Pul-i-Charkhi area at about 8:50 p.m. (GMT1420), and following the attack armed militants tried to enter the complex,” a police officer near the site told Xinhua.

All residents in the complex were shifted to bunkers and they were safe, the source said, adding that the security forces rushed to the site after the blast and launched a counter-attack to secure the area.

General Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the deputy minister of interior affairs, said in his twitter account that four attackers were killed in the blast and firing and no security guard or occupant of the building were injured in the incident.

“We still cannot provide details on causalities. There is fear of possible causalities,” the police officer who declined to be named said.

“Details will be revealed to public later as the sporadic gunshots still could be heard,” the source added.

The government troops immediately cordoned off the area shortly after the blast.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack, but the Taliban routinely claim responsibility for such attacks.

It is the third attack on Green Village over the past couple of years.

On Tuesday, two security guards and three Taliban militants were killed and three civilians were wounded after the Taliban launched similar attack on a private security company at the same locality.

 

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