Around 91 people were wounded in the assault, which came as the Taliban intensify their nationwide offensive against the US-backed government. Photograph: (Getty)
Hours-long siege of Kabul charity ends; Taliban twin suicide attack on defence ministry leaves at least 41 dead
Afghan security forces killed the last surviving gunman more than 10 hours after a complex attack that began with a car bomb in central Kabul, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said today.
"Forty-two people including 10 foreigners were rescued," the ministry spokesman said on Twitter, confirming at least one fatality in the attack. Three assailants were gunned down by the security forces.
In the message posted on Twitter, he said the forces had killed all those involved in Monday night's attack in the Share Naw area of Kabul.
Series of explosions in Kabul
The attack on a charity called Pamlarena (meaning 'care' in Pashto) began hours after a bomb exploded in Kabul and a Taliban double bombing killed at least 41 people and left 110 others wounded. A plume of smoke rose over the upscale neighbourhood of Shar-e Naw after the attack began when a third massive explosion jolted the Afghan capital late Monday.
No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the raid on the charity, but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide offensive against the US-backed government.
The toll from Monday's twin suicide attacks on the defence ministry in Kabulwas revised up to 35 dead, including a general and four other officers and 103 wounded, ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh said today.
The attack on defence ministry apparently aimed at inflicting mass casualties.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the defence ministry was the target of the first attack, while police were targeted in the second. The second blast struck just as soldiers, policemen and civilians hurried to help the victims of the first explosion, which occurred on a bridge near the ministry.
Condemning the attack, President Ashraf Ghani said, "The enemies of Afghanistan are losing the fight in the ground battle with security forces. That is why they are attacking, highways, cities, mosques, schools and ordinary people."
The uptick in violence in the capital comes as the Taliban escalate nationwide attacks, underscoring the worsening security situation since NATO forces ended their combat mission at the end of 2014.
The latest bombings come more than a week after 16 people were killed when militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students.
(WION with inputs from agecies)