Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:40am EST
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By Mirwais Harooni

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.   Continued...

Afghan security forces keep watch after a car bomb attack in Kabul January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani