Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed
Men wearing bombs strapped to their bodies and traveling in two vehicles carrying more explosives wounded dozens of civilians in Kabul today when they attacked a government security office, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from the scene.
Sean tells the NPR Newscast desk that the Taliban is claiming responsibility and that:
"The sound of gunfire reverberated through the city after the powerful blast rocked downtown Kabul. Afghan officials say the assailants detonated one vehicle before security forces killed other men who were wearing suicide vests. A second vehicle failed to detonate and was defused. Six assailants were killed.
"The blast blew out the thick glass windows of stores across the street from Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security. Attacks in Kabul are rare, but usually target government or security offices."
The Associated Press adds that "the explosion occurred about noon local time and was followed by volleys of gunfire for the next 30 minutes."