8 killed as Taliban attacks Afghan Defence Minister’s residence in Kabul

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The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted the home of Afghanistan’s acting defense minister in Kabul.

A spokesperson for the insurgent group warned of more attacks on top Afghan government officials.

A spokesperson for the Taliban group warned of more attacks on top Afghan government officials.

“Last night a martyrdom attack was carried out on the defense minister’s residence,” Pakistan media quoted the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid as saying in a statement. The statement added that more “retaliatory operations” against top government officials were being planned.

The attack late Tuesday killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

An explosives-packed vehicle was detonated near the home of the minister in the city’s Sherpur area late on Tuesday

Five gunmen entered residential buildings following the attack and engaged in a gun battle with Afghan Special Forces.

The attack ended about five hours later, after members of the security forces killed all the attackers, reports said quoting Interior Ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai as saying.

Casualty figures are subject to slight changes as investigative teams were still working at the site, Stanekzai added.

Hours after the attack, the acting defense minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, posted a video on social media saying his home was targeted by terrorists, but that he is safe with his family.

“Unfortunately, a number of my bodyguards were wounded,” he added.

The conflict has been particularly heavy around the city of Herat, near the western border with Iran, and Lashkar Gah and Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.


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