Afghanistan, August 4 – At least eight people have been killed in an attack on the home of Afghanistan’s defense minister in Kabul, the first major terrorist bombing in the city. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday night when gunmen detonated a car bomb and opened fire near the heavily fortified Green Zone. Her family was evacuated and four gunmen were killed, officials said.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has also warned of further attacks against government leaders. This comes as foreign armies leave the country and fight in other cities. The United Nations Security Council has called for an immediate end to violence.
More than 20 others were injured in the incident. According to police, four of the five attackers were killed after they managed to enter the minister’s villa. The Interior Ministry said it was a suicide bombing. Special forces also reached outside the Green Zone, a very remote enclave where many embassies and government buildings are located.
The gun battle, which lasted more than three hours, finally ended the attack.
“Don’t worry, all is well!” Mr Mohammadi tweeted after the attack.
A few hours later, crowds of Kabul residents came to the streets and rooftops with videos shared on social media in protest of the Taliban attack on the slogan of Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest). Similar scenes were recorded in the city of Herat on Monday, which has seen heavy fighting in recent days. The BBC’s Second Kerman in Kabul says public disobedience has boosted the morale of Afghanistan’s security forces, with militants seeking control of several provincial capitals.
But the attack on the minister’s home shows how rebels can attack the heart of the government, he says.