Gunmen attack Afghan defense minister In Kabul: At least four people have been killed in an attack on the home of an Afghan defense minister in Kabul, the first major bombing in the capital in almost a year.
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday night as gun zones opened fire and a car bomb exploded near the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Authorities say his family was evacuated and four gunmen were killed.
The attack came as fighting intensified in other cities after foreign troops withdrew.
The UN Security Council called for an immediate end to the violence.
Security officials told the AFP news agency that four people had been killed in the attack. The Italian Medical Charity Emergency confirmed that 11 of the wounded had been brought to its facilities in Kabul, along with the bodies of four of the dead.
Police say four of the five attackers were also killed when the minister entered the villa. The Interior Ministry said it was a suicide attack.
Special forces rush to the neighborhoods outside the Green Zone, a huge fort enclave with many embassies and government buildings. The gun battle, which lasted more than three hours, finally ended the attack.
“Don’t worry, everything is fine!” Mr. Mohammadi tweeted after the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the State Department said it had all the hallmarks of a Taliban attack.
Hours later, Kabul residents took to the streets and roofs to defy Taliban attacks and chant “Allahu Akbar (God is Great)” and videos were shared on social media.
Similar scenes were recorded in the city of Herat on Monday, with heavy fighting also taking place in recent days.
The publicly defiant demonstration was a key boost to the courage of Afghan security forces, with terrorists trying to control several provincial capitals, the BBC’s Sikander Kermani in Kabul said.
However the attack on the minister’s house shows how insurgents can attack even at the heart of the government, our correspondent adds.