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Combat Helicopter Fires On Insurgent Hideout In Kabul City

The attack on Kabul ended on Tuesday at about 12 noon after a three-hour battle between security forces and insurgents in Eidgah area in PD1 of Kabul.

At about 9am on Tuesday, the group launched a rocket attack on the city, also targeting the Presidential Palace, while President Ashraf Ghani was delivering his Eid message. 

Half way through his message, the thud of falling rockets could be heard in the background. Without flinching, Ghani interrupted his speech and said: “If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong.”

Officials said at least 12 rockets were fired but Kabul residents said they counted as many as 22.

Security forces sealed off the area from where the rockets were being launched but clashes between insurgents and security forces lasted until about 12 noon.

Additional explosions were heard in the area from about 10am – which were reportedly RPG’s fired by security forces. A military helicopter was also seen firing on the insurgent’s hideout during this time.

By 12 noon plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the area as at least one building nearby caught fire.

Firefighters doused the flames as soon as the situation had been brought under control. 

There have been no reports as yet on casualties and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

This comes just two days after Ghani announced a conditional ceasefire starting Monday with the Taliban. 

The group has also not yet responded to this. 

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Combat Helicopter Fires On Insurgent Hideout In Kabul City

The attack came less than two days after the president announced a ceasefire with the Taliban – who have not yet responded.

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The attack on Kabul ended on Tuesday at about 12 noon after a three-hour battle between security forces and insurgents in Eidgah area in PD1 of Kabul.

At about 9am on Tuesday, the group launched a rocket attack on the city, also targeting the Presidential Palace, while President Ashraf Ghani was delivering his Eid message. 

Half way through his message, the thud of falling rockets could be heard in the background. Without flinching, Ghani interrupted his speech and said: “If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong.”

Officials said at least 12 rockets were fired but Kabul residents said they counted as many as 22.

Security forces sealed off the area from where the rockets were being launched but clashes between insurgents and security forces lasted until about 12 noon.

Additional explosions were heard in the area from about 10am – which were reportedly RPG’s fired by security forces. A military helicopter was also seen firing on the insurgent’s hideout during this time.

By 12 noon plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the area as at least one building nearby caught fire.

Firefighters doused the flames as soon as the situation had been brought under control. 

There have been no reports as yet on casualties and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

This comes just two days after Ghani announced a conditional ceasefire starting Monday with the Taliban. 

The group has also not yet responded to this. 

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