The death toll from an attack focusing on the Kabul office of the Afghan president’s running mate and chief of the intelligence service has climbed to a minimum of 20 folks, based on an official.
Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, stated on Monday that about 50 different individuals had been wounded in the attack against the Green Trend party headquarters yesterday in Afghanistan’s capital.
He added that a number of gunmen had been killed by security forces throughout an hours-long operation which included a gun battle with the attackers who had been holed up inside the building.
The attackers’ potential target, vice presidential candidate and former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh, was “evacuated from the constructing and moved to a protected location,” Rahimi stated.
About 85 different civilians had also been rescued from inside.
“We heard lots of commotion and yelling right earlier than the first bomb went off,” Jan Gul, a 46-year-old taxi driver, informed Al Jazeera.
“I used to be halfway up the street at Shaheed Sq. I counted about seven blasts over a 30- to the 60-minute interval with quite a lot of gunfire,” he mentioned.
One other eyewitness, Muhammad Hussain, a 35-year-old English teacher, informed Al Jazeera that he noticed three or four attackers inside the building during the attack.
“I used to be at Shaheed square after I heard an enormous explosion. We began to see children, men and women running in our direction – a few of them have been injured and shouting for help,” he mentioned.