Suicide attack targets Afghan spy HQ in Kabul

Kabul, Jan 16: A squad of suicide bombers attacked the Afghan intelligence agency headquarters in heavily-fortified central Kabul today, killing at least one guard and wounding dozens of civilians, officials said.
 All six attackers were killed in the brazen midday attack on the National Directorate of Security (NDS), which is playing an increasingly important role in the war against the Taliban as NATO forces prepare to withdraw next year.
 The Taliban claimed responsibility in a text message to AFP, saying "a large number of intelligence workers were killed and wounded".
 The NDS said one of the attackers detonated a suicide car bomb at the gate while five others got out of a second vehicle and tried to storm the complex on foot -- suggesting that a major attack had been planned.
 "One suicide attacker detonated one explosive-laden car in front of the entrance of the premises, obviously to pave the way for the five other attackers," NDS spokesman Shafiqullah Taheri told a news conference.
 "But after 10 minutes of fighting, they were all killed. We have only one soldier killed."
  The second vehicle was rigged with a new kind of explosive for Afghanistan, based on a liquid gel, and was defused just three minutes before it was due to detonate, he said.
 Thirty-three people, mainly civilians but including some NDS guards, were taken to hospital and about half were discharged after treatment.
 Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi described the operation to thwart the attack as "an obvious major success for our security forces".
 "Our forces managed to kill them all in 10 minutes with minimum casualties, which is a sign of how professional our forces have become," he said. AFP

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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