An hour-long firearm and suicide attack on a government building in Kabul killed at least 43 people, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the Afghan capital this year.
No militant group, he claimed responsibility for the raid, which covers a bloody year for Afghanistan, as long-lived civilians and security forces were slaughtered in record numbers.
Gunmen stormed the plant after firing a car bomb at the entrance, and shocked government employees ran on the street. Some jumped from windows several stories high to escape the fighters.
Hundreds more were locked up in buildings for hours as heavily armed security forces surrounded the area and involved the attackers in a fierce battle of cannons with several explosions.
At least officials said four militants, including the suicide bomber, were killed and more than 350 people were released. Most of the dead and wounded were civilians who bore the brunt of the 17-year war.
It was the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a religious gathering last month. At least 55 people killed.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been criticized for security breaches, said: "Terrorists are attacking civilian targets to hide their defeat on the battlefield."
Afghanistan's de facto Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah also sounded defiant when he blamed the Taliban for the attack.
"Any attack they make against our people further strengthens our resolve to eliminate them," he said.
But their statements I believe in the cruel reality on the battlefield, where the Taliban have the upper hand.
Afghanistan's largest militant group has made significant territorial gains this year as its fighters upset the government and cause losses to entforce.
The raid followed a few turbulent days in Afghanistan during which officials were repelled by US President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the numbers of troops, many of whom feared ending the conflict with the Taliban ,
It also comes after a comprehensive security killing in Kabul, which has used convinced anti-Taliban and Pakistan veterans for the police and the military.