Gun battle rages in Afghan capital

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Afghan security forces on Monday were battling Taliban gunmen who stormed a building in the capital, Kabul, after a bomb-laden truck exploded near the defence ministry at rush hour, injuring at least 100 people, including 51 children, officials said.

Sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the area where at least three gunman had entered a building near the defines ministry, a security official said.

Special Forces cordoned off the area and had rescued 210 people so far, the Interior Ministry said.

“Gunmen have entered a building and they are clashing with the Afghan forces after the powerful blast,” said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Zainab Sa’id