Taliban attacks foreign guesthouse in Kabul

Aug 01, 2016, 1:34 AM EDT
Security forces fighting the Taliban
(Source: Al Jazeera English/flickr)

The Taliban carried out a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics compound in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least one policeman on Monday. The militant group said in a statement that several of its fighters barged into the North Gate hotel and killed “dozens” of security personnel. A spokeswoman for the N.A.T.O.-led Resolute Support mission said the agency was analyzing the situation, without giving any details on the number of casualties.

A security services official said that the police were engaged in a gun battle with four heavily armed attackers, writes Reuters. The site of the blast lies close to the U.S.-run Bagram air base and houses foreign military and civilian organizations. The Taliban claimed that no civilian was harmed in the assault, which targeted foreign establishments in a largely industrial area of the Pul-e-Charkhi neighborhood.

Monday’s attack comes a week after the Afghan capital suffered the deadliest assault since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001, notes The Guardian. At least 80 people were killed on July 23 after Islamic State militants carried out twin suicide bombings in the city on July 23.

According to a recent report by the U.S. government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan, the Kabul government has lost control of about five percent of its territories in the first half of 2016, reports Al Jazeera