Kabul — An explosion near the office of a major security agency in Afghanistan injured three people on Wednesday after bombs and gun attacks on the minister’s premises resulted in a surge in Taliban violence in the capital. ..
The Taliban alleged responsibility for attacking the house of Deputy Defense Minister Bismiller Mohammady with bombs and guns late Tuesday. There were no immediate claims for the Wednesday explosion.
Mohammady survived an attack on his compound in a highly fortified area of Kabul, but the violence was security as US-led foreign troops completed the withdrawal and rebels occupied the territorial belt. It clearly shows that has deteriorated.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his group targeted the minister’s residence as an important meeting was underway.
Government troops fought the attackers for more than four hours, and the Interior Ministry said at least eight civilians were killed and 20 were injured.
Two civilians and one security official were injured in a Wednesday explosion near a National Security Agency facility, police said.
The Taliban has stepped up its campaign to defeat the US-backed government since April as foreign troops completed their withdrawal after 20 years of war.
Combat is particularly fierce in the city of Herat near the western border with Iran and around Lashkar Gah and Kandahar in the south.
An Afghan military spokesman said an emergency was declared in Lashkar Gah and government forces were receiving reinforcements and US air support.
“Special forces have been dispatched to the area. Army spokesman General Azimal Omar Shinwari told Reuters.
The loss of Lashkar Gah will be a big blow to the government. The government has promised to protect its strategic center after losing many rural areas to the Taliban in recent months.
Many families fled their homes in a small city, the capital of Helmand, as government forces launched a counterattack against the Taliban.
The United Nations reported on Tuesday that at least 40 civilians had been killed in Rashkar Gah in the last 24 hours.
Residents said the Taliban fighters had dominated several radio and television stations in the city and had moved home to prevent people from helping government troops.