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Gunmen attack election office in Kabul, clashes continue

English.news.cn   2014-03-29 19:00:33

KABUL, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Heavy clashes were continuing Saturday after Taliban gunmen launched a coordinated attack on Afghanistan's main election office in eastern Kabul, in the second massive attack in the city in two days, sources said.

"Our special forces are battling the militants. The attackers are surrounded. They will be eliminated soon," a security official told Xinhua near the scene.

The attack began at midday after the militants seized a four- story building close to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and fired several rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) on the fortified complex. At least five militants, armed with heavy gun and RPGs, were involved in the attack.

"After the firing and blasts started we rushed to a bunker, We are safe and sound. I am sure there are no casualties here as a result of the attack," an IEC staff told Xinhua via cell phone.

The attack took place days before Afghans go to polls in the country's third presidential and provincial councils general election slated for April 5. The Taliban insurgent group has vowed to disrupt the polls.

The Afghan Crisis Respond Unit and Afghan Special Forces arrived shortly after the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

On Friday, two Afghan civilians and five Taliban insurgents were killed after the militants launched an attack on a guest house in western Kabul. More than one dozen of foreign nationals survived the attack and a powerful car bombing.

Editor: Yang Yi
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