Insurgents hit Afghan national security agency office in Kabul

Posted at 8:02 AM, Jan 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-16 08:02:39-05

By Masoud Popalzai 

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for a midday suicide attack near an office of Afghanistan’s national security agency in central Kabul that wounded 30 people.

The insurgents targeted a division of the National Directorate of Security, which is near the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi.

One suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car, but five other attackers were killed by Afghan security forces. A second car bomb was neutralized, Salangi said.

An e-mail from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group was targeting government officials and foreigners who were leaving a meeting at the building.

Police said injuries from the attack ranged from serious to light, while the Taliban said a number of people were killed.

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