Hours-long battle ends in Kabul after militants killed

22 August 2018 10:18 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

 

An hours-long battle in the Afghan capital involving insurgent rocket attacks and military airstrikes ended Tuesday with the death of two militants, authorities said.   


The assault came as President Ashraf Ghani was making a speech marking the first day of the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday, days after he offered the Taliban a conditional three-month ceasefire.   


It was not clear who carried out the attack.   


“Two attackers were involved. The enemy was firing mortars,” General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Kabul’s garrison, told a press conference.   


They were killed and at least six civilians or security force members were injured, he said.   


Police said the attackers used rockets, several of which landed in at least two areas of Kabul around 9:00 am.   


During the battle an Afghan army helicopter swooped in low near the Eidgah Mosque in a central district and fired a rocket at a militant position, sending a plume of dust into the sky.   Shoppers who moments earlier had been buying livestock for the Eid feast sprinted for shelter as cars swerved in the road to flee the fighting.   


Blasts and gunfire could be heard as security forces cordoned off the area.
KABUL AFP, 
Aug 21 2018 

 

  Comments - 0


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Can hold poll if health authorities give green light: Tissa

There is no issue in holding the general election if health authorities give

Parliamentary election After SC verdict, need 70 days to finalise preparations: EC

The Elections Commission (EC) said it would require 70 days to hold the elect

Will sue those who flout social distancing etiquette: DIG

Legal action will be taken against those who fail to maintain social distanci

Rigid mechanism to ensure safety of schoolchildren: Alahapperuma

When schools reopen, a comprehensive and rigid mechanism will be in place to

MIRROR CRICKET