Explosion, Gunfire In Attack on Afghan Information Ministry



Kabul: An explosion and gunfire was heard in the centre of the Afghan capital on Saturday as unidentified attackers targeted the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology headquarters where they were battling security forces, officials said. The explosion, followed by the sound of sporadic gunshots, was reported near the ministry building which is 18 storeys high and is believed to be one of the tallest in Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi tweeted that three suicide bombers had launched an attack on the Ministry of Communication and IT post office building at 11.40 a.m, “taking benefit of a holy shrine”. The BBC said that the attack happened in a busy area near one of the city’s most popular hotels, a couple of other ministries and the presidential palace. It reported that one of the attackers got inside the ministry building. Another detonated his explosives at its boundary wall and the third was shot dead by the police. No group has yet said it carried out the attack. (IANS)