Kabul: Fighting was
on Monday morning in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul where
Taliban militants have staged a wave of coordinated gun and rocket
attacks, the BBC reported.
On Sunday, the Taliban launched a wave of assaults in Kabul and
elsewhere in the country, targetting the embassies of the US and
Germany, the Afghanistan parliament, the NATO headquarters and an
airbase used by the American troops.
It was the first major attack on Afghan capital in more than six
months. The heavily guarded area of Kabul, where the attacks have
been carried out, is frequented by foreigners and is rarely the
scene of violence. The attackers also struck in Afghan provinces
of Logar, Paktia and Nangarhar.
According to police, at least 11 police officers and five
civilians were wounded in Kabul while four insurgents were killed.
The Taliban said Sunday's attacks marked the start of a "spring
offensive". Their "fighting season" tends to begin when the warmer
weather melts snow in mountain passes along the border with
Pakistan, allowing fighters to cross into Afghanistan.
At least 17 Afghan police officers and nine civilians were
injured, the Afghan interior ministry said.
The last attack on Kabul of this scale was witnessed in September
2011 when heavily armed insurgents took over an unfinished
high-rise building and opened fire on the US embassy and NATO
headquarters. That attack had left 14 Afghans dead.