|Afghan security force take position near the Kabul traffic police headquarters during militants attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2013. Operations against Taliban gunmen who seized a traffic police facility in western Kabul ended Monday afternoon, with all the militants having been killed, the Kabul police chief said. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Operations against Taliban gunmen who seized a traffic police facility in western Kabul ended Monday afternoon, with all the militants having been killed, the Kabul police chief said.
"The operation is ended. All militants, who seized the four- storey Kabul Traffic Police Headquarters building early Monday morning, had been killed in the counter-attack operation," Police Chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi told reporters near the site.
He did not disclose the number of the killed militants, saying the police have launched an investigation and more details will be released later to the media.
"At least three traffic police officers were killed and 22 other people including 18 civilians were wounded in the gunfight and explosions in today's Taliban attack as we know," a police official told Xinhua, adding "The number of the victims is still be counted,"
The attack started at about 5:50 a.m. and was ended at about 2: 15 p.m. local time Monday.
Early reports by local media Tolo News suggested that the militants have held hostages an undermined number of traffic police employees causing the operations to last for long hours, however, no official have confirmed the hostage taking incident in the attack.
Meantime, Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.