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Afghan forces end Taliban's Kabul assault

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Afghan forces end Taliban's Kabul assault


Fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in Kabul ended on Monday after 18 hours of gun battles, rocket attacks and explosions.
Officials said at least 19 insurgents, including suicide bombers, died in the attacks for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.
At least 39 people were wounded, the majority of them police officers.
Two would-be suicide bombers were arrested. They are accused of plotting to kill the second vice-president, Mohamed Karim Khalili.
The assault began with attacks on foreign embassies, NATO’s Afghan HQ and the parliament.
Separate raids were also carried out in the Logar and Paktia provinces, while militants also struck the airport in Jalalabad.
The attacks come as NATO troops prepare to leave the country by the end of 2014.

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