“The Taliban carried out a daylight terror assault today on government centers and civilian targets in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, creating panic and sparking gun battles in the heart of the city.
Taliban fighters wearing suicide vests and carrying assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launched an attack outside a central square where the presidential palace, the Justice Ministry, and the Central Bank are located. Fighting spread to the Serena Hotel, the Grand Afghan shopping center, and a movie theater.
At least two suicide bombers detonated during the battle, and another one drove an ambulance packed with explosives into the square.
Afghan commandos, soldiers, and police were rushed to the scene to battle the Taliban assault team. Fighting raged at the shopping center and movie center for almost six hours after the attack began."
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2010-01-18 23:42:17 UTC