Taliban terrorists armed with suicide vests attacked the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and AK-47 assault rifles Tuesday. A gun battle is raging, and several people have been wounded and killed.
“The U.S. embassy can confirm an attack has occurred in the area of the U.S. embassy, including RPG and small arms fire,” the embassy said in a statement. “We can confirm there are no casualties at this time among embassy personnel.” Embassy workers were ordered to take cover
At least one policeman and two terrorists have been killed in a raging gun battle, featuring hovering Blackhawk helicopters.
Nearly a dozen loud explosions were heard after the midday attack began, and local television showed a minivan that had been burned and that people fled the embassy district.The minibus belonged to a private school, and witnesses said bleeding children, some of them unconscious, were being evacuated to hospitals. The reports have not been confirmed.
“There are several armed attackers in Abdul Haq Square," Mohammad Zahir, head of Kabul's Crime Investigation Unit, told reporters.
The terrorists reached a partially-built building near the American embassy, raising questions about security measures..
“I'm just wondering how these guys can get inside, bring in heavy weapons and blow themselves up," an Afghan worker told the BBC. “It is the most heavily guarded area in Kabul. I'm so scared. These guys can come any time, any place and do anything they want.”
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stated in a text message that the terrorist organization staged the attacks on NATO, the embassy and government buildings.
Taliban terrorists last Saturday night wounded 77 American soldiers in a huge truck bombing, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.