Security forces in Afghanistan say they have killed the last of the Taliban insurgents who had launched coordinated attacks on Kabul’s diplomatic quarter.
In the most spectacular of four assaults fighters showered rockets and small arms fire towards embassies – including the US mission – and the headquarters of the foreign military force. All staff were reported safe.
Elsewhere in the city, suicide bombers had targeted police buildings.
Lasting nearly 24 hours it was the longest sustained attack on the capital since the US-led invasion ten years ago. In all at least 14 Afghans were killed and dozens of government and NATO personnel injured.
The length of time the fighters were able to hold out has prompted speculation that weapons and ammunition had been left hidden before the attacks began.
The ability to penetrate what was supposed to be the capital’s most protected zone was a clear show of Taliban strength with security due to be handed over to Afghan forces in 2014.