Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2013

Taliban attacks Kabul’s presidential palace, CIA, ISAF HQ, Ministry of Defense

Afghan security force keep watch near the entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul on June 25, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Afghan security force keep watch near the entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul on June 25, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Taliban has launched an attack in central Kabul, targeting the presidential palace, the CIA and ISAF headquarters, the Ministry of Defense, as well as an international hotel. All the assailants have been killed in the 90-minute showdown.

A Reuters reporter who was at the palace to cover a presser by president Karzai along with some 20 other journalists said heavy gunfire was heard, and smoke from an explosion had blanketed the area.

First of all, one insurgent reportedly opened fire with an automatic rifle at a gate to the palace.

Then, palace guards, as well as guards from the adjacent CIA compound, reportedly fired back when several attackers fired on the west gate as journalists were waiting to enter the compound for the president’s press conference.

All the insurgents were killed in the 90-minute showdown, according to Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi.

“What I saw from the outside of that gate is more of a blast wall around the green zone area, as there were giant holes in the concrete walls, and the entire gate was destroyed. Apparently, one vehicle was able to get inside, and one vehicle was stopped at the gate, and that’s when the attack began,” local journalist Courtney Body told RT.

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Source: Russia Today

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