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More Than 300 Casualties In Massive Kabul Attack

Afghan officials say Taliban militants have attacked an office of the country's main security agency in Kabul, killing at least 28 people and wounding about 300. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told RFE/RL that the April 19 attack began with a suicide car bomb during the morning rush hour, followed by an assault by armed militants.

The attack -- near the Defense Ministry in the capital's central first district -- targeted an office that houses a National Directorate of Security unit responsible for protecting government officials.

Mohammad Ismail Kawusi, the Health Ministry's public-relations director, told RFE/RL that at least 20 people were killed in the attack and 198 people were taken by ambulance to various hospitals. Numerous others were wounded, he said.

Casualties included both civilians and members of Afghan security forces.

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A man stands inside his damaged shop near the scene of the bomb blast.
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A man stands inside his damaged shop near the scene of the bomb blast.

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A wounded Afghan man gets his leg X-rayed at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following the attack.
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A wounded Afghan man gets his leg X-rayed at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following the attack.

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An Afghan National Army soldier takes up a position at the site of the suicide car bomb attack.
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An Afghan National Army soldier takes up a position at the site of the suicide car bomb attack.

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Afghan security forces carry an injured security officer after the attack.
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Afghan security forces carry an injured security officer after the attack.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the scene.
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Afghan security personnel arrive at the scene.

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Afghan security forces inspect the site of the suicide car-bomb attack.
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Afghan security forces inspect the site of the suicide car-bomb attack.

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