Militants attack Afghan government building in Kabul

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Kabul, May 30 (IANS) Militants armed with guns and rockets attacked the Afghanistan Interior Ministry on Wednesday and casualties are feared, the media reported.

“We heard a huge blast at the first gate of the Ministry which is located near Charahi Shaheed Square. The blast occurred at mid-day. The whole place has now been sealed off,” an eyewitness told Xinhua news agency.

“The initial information found that a suicide bomber detonated his explosive jacket in the front gate of the compound. Another group of militants tried to breach the facility,” said a police officer.

“But the militants failed to reach the main building which is at the centre of the big open yard with a high-profile security system. We still cannot provide details on casualties,” the officer added.

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The number of the attackers remained unknown and sporadic gunfire still could be heard as of 1.00 p.m. The security forces cordoned off the area.

A four-line road connecting the Kabul airport with the city’s Intercontinental Hotel was blocked for traffic after the attack.

–IANS

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