|Taliban attacks end in Kabul|
|Written by Rahim Aria|
|Monday, 16 April 2012|
After almost 18 hours of fighting and heavy explosions in Kabul, the last holed up Taliban militants were killed this morning by the Afghan security forces and the Taliban complex attacks against the Afghan and foreign facilities in Kabul ended.
Kabul and three eastern provinces were hit by a series of complex attacks carried out by the Taliban militants on Sunday’s afternoon.
In Kabul Taliban militants took positions in half-built buildings in diplomatic enclave of - Wazir Akbar Khan and Shar-e-Now where they launched attacks with machine guns and rockets on ISAF and government facilities as well as the U.S. and German embassies.
A group of several militants holed up in a half-built building in front of the Afghan parliament where they fought with the Afghan security forces for 18 hours.
The Afghan ministry of interior said that 36 militants, 8 security forces and 3 civilians were killed in Taliban attacks in Kabul and three other cities and 40 policemen were wounded.
The spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, Sediq Seidiqi said Afghan security forces eliminated all attackers in Kabul on Monday’s morning and cleared the buildings.
“The fighting is over now and the terrorists were killed.” Sediqi said.
Afghan officials said that Afghan security forces responded the attacks without the help of the NATO forces and they showed that Afghan forces are ready and well-prepared to lead the security of the country at the edge of the US force exit.
Meanwhile, the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan praised the reaction of the Afghan security forces.“I am enormously proud of how quickly Afghan security forces responded to today's attacks in Kabul. They were on scene immediately, well-led and well-coordinated. They integrated their efforts, helped protect their fellow citizens and largely kept the insurgents contained.”
Taliban took the responsibility for these attacks and labeled these attacks as the beginning of their spring offensive.
Photo: Rahim Aria
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