Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two

KABUL Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:39am EST

1 of 12. Afghan security forces keep watch after a car bomb attack in Kabul January 16, 2013.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Six suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on Afghanistan's spy agency in Kabul on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 30, Afghan officials said.

The attack started at around noon (0730 GMT) when a suicide attacker detonated a large car bomb near a gate of one of the National Directorate of Security's (NDS) buildings, the Kabul police chief's office said in a statement.

Soon after, five men wearing vests packed with explosives and carrying grenades and automatic rifles attempted to storm the compound, but they were shot dead by security forces.

"Six terrorists, armed with assault rifles, grenades, suicide vests planned a complex attack on one of NDS's units," said the security agency's spokesman, Safiqullah Tahiri.

The minivan the group of five men had arrived in was packed with a type of liquid explosive security forces had not encountered before, Tahiri said.

Two of the agency's guards were killed in the blast, which wounded 30 people, security and health officials said.

The bombers managed to breach the heavily barricaded centre of Kabul, home to several Afghan ministries and Western embassies.

"At the heart of Kabul there was a martyrdom attack on Kabul's spy agency by a car loaded with explosives," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, referring to a suicide attack.

The security agency's chief, Asadullah Khalid, survived an assassination attempt last month in an attack that threatened to derail an already fragile peace process between the government and the Taliban.

Violence across the country has been increasing over the last year, sparking concern over how the 350,000-strong Afghan security forces will be able to manage once foreign troops withdraw by 2014.

(Additional reporting by Miriam Arghandiwal, writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman and Dylan Welch; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Comments (2)
americanguy wrote:
McConnell, McCain, Graham, and their Republican friends would rather those dead have been US troops instead of Afghans. They want US troops there for eternity to protect the Afghans (like US mall guards), and as US human sacrifices to Islam.
No more sacrificial lambs to keep peace between the different tribes of Islam, bring our troops home NOW.

Jan 16, 2013 7:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:
Stop stalling it. Let the Afghans to their tribal activities so they can carve the country back up with how to want to.

Jan 16, 2013 2:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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