Taliban attack election commission headquarters in Kabul
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:16
Mar.29 - Taliban insurgents attack the Independent Election Commission headquarters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the latest in a spate of attacks ahead of next week's presidential election. Sarah Toms reports.
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A convoy of Afghan security forces head to the Independent Election Commission headquarters in Kabul, as gunmen launch an attack.
Suicide bombers have entered a nearby building and are firing at the election commission with automatic weapons.
(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) GENERAL MOHAMMAD ZAHIR, KABUL POLICE CHIEF, SAYING:
"A group of terrorists entered inside a building which is 800 meters away from Independent Election commission, the fighting is still going, Kabul Crises Rescue Unit (CRU) of police is leading the the operation and very soon we will clear it."
Afghan special forces surround the area, which is close to offices used by the United Nations and other international organisations.
(SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) HAJI MOHEBULLAH THE OWNER OF HOUSE WHERE TALIBAN ARE POSITIONED; SAYING:
"Four suicide bombers have entered my house. I had three guards, two outside and one inside but I don't know what is happening right now. The attackers were wearing women's burqas."
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a week before presidential elections.
The group has threatened a campaign of violence to disrupt the polls on 5 April.
Security has been heightened but done little to prevent a spate of deadly assault.
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