September 13, 2011 by staff
Simultaneous attacks and explosions occurred in a total of four places in the city. In the first three places in two suicide bombers detonated explosives and a third was shot dead.
The fourth attack, which was still ongoing as of mid-morning ET, focused on the diplomatic and participate RPGs and assault rifles.
Emma Graham-Harrison, chief of the Kabul office of Reuters, said “unprecedented” attacks seemed designed to show the strength of the Taliban.
“Never before have we seen the attempt by the Taliban as an attack outside Kabul, perhaps designed to give the impression or people feel the city is under siege,” he told CTV News Channel.
During the attack, Taliban fighters fired RPGs and assault rifles to the U.S. embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the city.
There were no casualties among U.S. personnel diplomatic or NATO, but said two civilians and two policemen were killed and 20 injured.
Tuesday’s violence, which took place two days after the anniversary of 10 years of 9.11, was the third major attack in Kabul since late June.
The violence was a reminder of troops, Graham-Harrison said that NATO forces have been unable to completely paralyze the Taliban was ousted after of 9.11 for harboring Al Qaeda, which carried out the attacks.
“The message I think it’s fair that they are still a viable force,” said Graham-Harrison.
“There has been a surge in Afghanistan, has been a lot of talk about NATO security games during the past year since the troops arrived and I think the insurgents are keen to show people that remain a strong fighting force and make sure people are still afraid of them. ”
Plumes of smoke could be seen hanging over the area Tuesday where the fight took place, and while U.S. military helicopters overhead.
Police said gunmen had occupied a high office building under construction, but gives the embassy district known as Wazir Akbar Khan. About six shooters occupied the building, police said.
Staff at the U.S. embassy was ordered to take refuge in “hardened structures,” said a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy Kerri Hannan The Associated Press.
She also said the embassy had taken RPG fire and small arms, but there had been no casualties at the embassy.
NATO also said there were no casualties in its facilities and the US-led coalition was providing air support to Afghan security forces fighting on the ground.
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