KABUL: Afghan authorities declared Saturday the end of an hours-long, multi-pronged assault by suicide bombers and gunmen at the communications ministry in Kabul.
“Operations finished. All suicide bombers killed & more than 2000 civilians staff rescued,” the Ministry of Interior said on Twitter.
The attack had started about six hours earlier at a postal facility by the ministry, officials said, in a busy area in downtown Kabul.
The explosion was also close to the heavily fortified Serena Hotel, one of the very few hotels still used by foreign visitors, in one of the main commercial areas of the city.
While heavy fighting has carried on across Afghanistan and Taliban militants have announced their now customary spring offensive, there have been no large scale attacks on civilian targets in Kabul in recent weeks.