|The site of a suicide car bombing is seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 16, 2013. A powerful suicide bombing hit Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing six people, all attackers, and injuring 30 others, all civilians, Kabul police said in a statement released hours after the deadly incident. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- A powerful suicide bombing hit Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, leaving six people, all attackers, dead and injuring 30 others, all civilians, Kabul police said in a statement released hours after the deadly incident.
The attackers composed of six suicide bombers targeted a compound of National Directorate for Security (NDS) or intelligence agency in the fortified capital city causing panic among the residents.
"A six-member group of suicide attackers raided a compound of NDS in Charahi area of Kabul city at around noon today, bur fortunately five of them were gunned down by security personal and the remaining one died in his blast," the statement added.
According to the statement, one of the attackers first blew himself next to the gate of NDS compound enabling comrades to enter the compound but the security personnel at nearby responded immediately killing all the five on the spot.
However, 30 civilians mostly passersby at nearby were injured, some of them in critical condition, the statement asserted.
The statement also stated that security personnel also discovered an explosive-laden car and defused it near the NDS compound.
Several shops and cars at nearby were also damaged due to the blast, the statement added.
"Shortly after I ended chatting with a customer and he left the shop, I heard a big bang. Everywhere was covered by a black smoke and I covered my face with my hands," a shop owner Mohammad Jamil who received wounds in his face by the shrapnel of the bomb told Xinhua.
"My shop is located opposite to the gate of NDS compound which came under attack and I saw several armed people who were trying to enter to the compound," Jamil added.
Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from unknown location, claimed of responsibility for the bloody attack, saying it was a suicide car bomb attack carried out by a Taliban fighter against intelligence agency's compound, killing several employees of the body including some foreign advisors inside.