Kabul: Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister Bismillah Muhammadi

An explosives-laden car detonated close to the residence of Afghanistan Acting Defence Minister Bismillah Muhammadi in Kabul city Tuesday night. Local media reports said since Muhammadi was not at the residence at the time of the explosion, neither he nor his family members were harmed.  The group also warned of more attacks against government leaders. It comes as fighting rages in other cities after foreign troops left the country.

The Afghan Acting Defence Minister in a video clip confirmed that he and his family members were safe but added that several of his bodyguards were injured. "Attacks of this sort by vampires will not weaken my morale in defending the Afghan people and my country," said Muhammadi in his video clip. The attack left five dead and 20 more wounded.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior Affairs Mirwais Stanikzai said the gunfight came to an end nearly four hours after the gunmen entered the home and started fighting the police Special Forces deployed at the place. Stanikzai though did not disclose the number of assailants killed, police had said they had gunned down three gunmen. The assailants had taken 80 people hostage who were later saved by the police special forces.

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