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Monday, 01 August 2016 10:32

The new york times: Taliban Claim Responsibility

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An Afghan police officer near a guesthouse on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, that was attacked on Monday. CreditHedayatullah Amid/European Pressphoto Agency

KABUL, Afghanistan — A powerful explosion shook Kabul, the Afghan capital, in the early hours of Monday, and Taliban militants claimed that they had targeted a heavily guarded guesthouse for foreign contractors on the outskirts of the city.

 

The explosion outside the compound, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time, was so large that residents who were awakened across Kabul used social media to try to make sense of it. Much of the city briefly lost electricity.

 

In a statement to the news media a little more than an hour after the attack, the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that Taliban fighters had destroyed the security perimeter of the Northgate compound with a suicide attack, using a truck loaded with explosives. A squad of attackers armed with light and heavy weapons stormed the compound after the blast, the Taliban statement said.

 

More than seven hours after the initial blast and the attack, Afghan officials declared the assault over.

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