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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kabul Attack Over, Assailants Dead

ending the way any assault by the Taliban should end, with Dead Taliban.

The 20-hour insurgent attack in the heart of Kabul ended Wednesday morning after a final volley of helicopter gunfire as Afghan police ferreted out and killed the last few assailants who had taken over a half-built downtown building to fire on the nearby U.S. Embassy and NATO compounds.
"The terrorist attack in Kabul is over," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The bold assault that started Tuesday left seven Afghans dead, including four police officers and three civilians, and raised fresh doubts about the Afghans' ability to secure their nation as U.S. and other foreign troops begin to withdraw. No NATO or U.S. Embassy employees were hurt in the attack

Two or three of the assailants had held out overnight but were killed in the final morning assault by Afghan forces, said Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief.
In all, six attackers had occupied the unfinished, 11-story high-rise at one of the main traffic circles in the Afghan capital, he said. Previously, officials had said they believed only four attackers were inside.

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