Monday, April 16, 2012

Explosions and Gunfire rocked the Presidential palace, British Embassy and other strategic points, Heavy fighting moves into its second day

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO bases, the parliament and Western embassies. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.
Strategic military and diplomatic points including Presidential place, military bases of ISAF and other government buildings are under attack in Dar-ul-Aman, Wazir Akbar Khan and other strategic areas in the heart of Kabul city, Afghan capital. The explosions and gunfire have shaken the ISAF base, with Mujahideen keeping conducting bomb attacks, direct shooting and rocket attacks on the targets.
Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks, spokesman for Islamic Emirate, in a telephonic conversation, told Al-Emara that fighting continued to explode in Kabul and Logar provinces with Mujahideen targeting the enemy. He said the heavy fighting was in progress and continued till late night hours and reached its peak at about 3:30 a.m. in Karte Say area of Kabul city and other parts. Mujahid added that the fighting is even deadlier in Poli Alam city, the capital of Logar province in which later last night Mujahideen killed as many as 15 enemy soldiers with a remote-controlled bomb attack besides killing several dozens in direct shooting attacks in both Kabul and Logar provinces. He further said that some of the heroic martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen have laid down their lives reaching the highest ranks of martyrs, but he did not give out information on the exact number of the martyrs. According to eye witnesses multiple weapon sounds, gunfire and explosions were being heard through the night spreading fear and panic across Kabul city, while heavy fighting was still ongoing after 4:00 a.m. and patrol helicopters were hovering overhead and several ambulances were rushing to and from the fighting scene. A doctor, on the condition of anonymity said that the local hospitals were packed with the dead and wounded from the fighting.


Afghan Taliban bombs diplomats & NATO HQ in revenge to US (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Taliban has launched coordinated attacks on the diplomatic area and NATO headquarters in Kabul, also targeting adjoining provinces. The group says it's in retaliation for Koran burnings, the US marine urination video and the Kandahar massacre.

Attacks only the ‘beginning of spring offensive’ – Taliban
 "These attacks are the beginning of the spring offensive, and we had planned them for months," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters. One of the most serious Taliban assaults in the last 11 years began just before 2 pm local time. A Taliban spokesman said they targeted Afghanistan's parliament, NATO headquarters, the British and German Embassies, and two hotels and sites along Darulaman Road, where the parliament is located. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the string of attacks shortly after they began, with their spokesman claiming tens of fighters were involved: “In all these attacks, tens of mujahideen fighters equipped with light and heavy weapons, suicide vests, RPGs, rockets, heavy machine guns and hand grenades are attacking their targets.” Mujahid added that the attacks had been planned over the course of nearly two months: “It took two months to transfer the weapons and explosives and set up fighters in the specific areas that we planned to attack.” ANSF stated that the Taliban’s attacks in Kabul were “largely ineffective.” Several other key locations in the country’s eastern provinces were also targeted. Four suicide bombers attempted to attack the Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan – an airfield where US troops are based. Two of the attackers blew themselves up after they were stopped at the gate, local officials said. Two others were wounded and arrested. The Taliban declared that attacks also took place in the eastern Paktia and Logar provinces. In Logar, a group of suicide bombers managed to enter the offices of the provincial governor and the police chief. In Paktia, NATO attack helicopters targeted insurgents holed up in a building 



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