Gus Lubin and Robert Johnson
April 15, 2012
The Taliban has taken credit for a coordinated attack going on right now in Afghanistan.
There are multiple attacks in Kabul, Gardez City, Jalalabad and Logar province, an Afghan spokesman tells Al Jazeera.
There are reported attacks on the NATO headquarters, a Kabul hotel, Afghan parliament, German and Russian embassies, a house used by British diplomats, Jalalabad airport, an army base in Jalalabad, a Turkish base, Kabul Military Academy and more.
Kabul has seen at least 14 large explosions. Attackers are using suicide bombs, rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
There are no reported casualties yet.
The Green Zone is an enclave in the war torn country that houses the NATO compound and several international embassies. The assailants are reported to be holed up in surrounding buildings.
Eyewitnesses say the attack started near Zanbaq Square in the heart of Kabul where the presidential palace, foreign ministry, and several foreign embassies are located.
Here is some video taken near the square a short time ago:
Kamal Faridi, the individual who uploaded the video, is tweeting on the attacks. He says there have been 26 bombings so far, and that this marks the beginning of a very bloody spring offensive by the Taliban.
This article was posted: Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:34 am