Kabul’s Green Zone Under Taliban Attack
KABUL: Taliban have claimed the dozen large explosions and automatic gunfire that rocked Kabul on Sunday in what appeared to be a coordinated attack across several areas of the city centre and concentrated on the heavily guarded diplomatic area, officials said.
Police officials said attacks were launched in three areas of Kabul.
According to witnesses, suicide bombers took over a Kabul hotel, launched rockets and fired rifles.
Officials said that several attackers also tried entering the Afghan parliament.
Attackers also fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a house used by British diplomats in Kabul. Smoke billowed from the building after the blast in the heavily guarded diplomatic quarter. There was no word on any casualties.
Gunfire appeared to be coming from various directions in the barricaded diplomatic area of the city, close to both the US and British embassies, and embassy alarms were sounding.
Smoke billowed from the direction of the German embassy, while explosions from rocket-propelled grenades rocked nearby buildings. The embassies were not immediately available to comment.
Afghan security forces were scrambling to reinforce areas around the so-called green zone.
Picture: Al Jazeera English
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