Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:50:21 GMT
Taliban militants have attacked government buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace in the capital city of Kabul, according to officials.
Spokesman for the Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid said on Monday that 20 of the group’s militants had occupied several government buildings.
Press TV correspondent Fayez Khorshid in Kabul reported that militants had entered several buildings near the Afghan presidential palace.
The Afghan security forces are fighting with the militants at the scene, he added.
“More than 200 Afghan security forces are deployed, fighting with them,” Amir Mohammad, a security officer told Reuters.
At least three people have been reported killed. Seven people have also been injured in the ongoing clashes, our correspondent said.
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Taliban attacks target Afghan government
January 18, 2010
Kabul has been struck by a series of deadly co-ordinated attacks, including blasts close to some of the Afghan capital’s heavily secured ministry buildings
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks and told Al Jazeera that the presidential palace was their intended target.
As causality figures grow there are fears further attacks may be planned.
Al Jazeera’s Tarek Bazley reports on the attacks and the increasing security concerns of the Afghan and international forces. (18 Jan 2010)