Attack targeting Afghan Defence minister’s residence kills 12, including 8 civilians

Kabul : Militants’ attack on the residence of Afghan Defensce Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Kabul left all the four attackers and eight civilians dead, Interior Ministry spokesman Mir Wais Stanikzai said Wednesday.

“A group of terrorists detonated a car bomb targetting the house of Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi on Tuesday evening but all the four attackers were killed after five hours of gun battles,” Stanikzai told Xinhua.

The official also confirmed that “eight civilians including a woman were martyred” and more than 20 others sustained injuries.

In the meantime, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry Dastgir Nazari has confirmed to reporters that eight dead bodies and the 22 injured persons have been taken to hospitals.

A group of unknown militants stormed the residence of Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in the fortified Shirpor area in Police Department 10 at 07:45 p.m. local time Tuesday when the minister was reportedly in a meeting with some political and influential figures.

Defence Minister Mohammadi in his short message denounced the attack as a “coward terrorist act,” saying such terrorist attacks “will not undermine the morale of the national defense and security forces” in the war against terrorists to defend the country.

According to the latest media reports, Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.