Afghan forces end Kabul siege after 11-hour fight

Sep 06, 2016, 4:59 AM EDT
Security forces fighting the Taliban
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An 11-hour siege at the offices of an international aid group in Kabul came to an end on Tuesday after Afghan forces gunned down three attackers and rescued some 42 people, including 10 foreigners, during the operation. The assault began late on Monday after an attacker blew himself up in the prosperous Share Naw area of Kabul.

An interior ministry official said that one person was killed and six others wounded in the attack. The assault in Share Naw area came within hours after twin bombings struck Kabul, leaving 24 people dead and more than 100 others injured, writes the BBC.

The latest attack reveals the deteriorating state of security in the Afghan capital just a month before international donors flock to Brussels to pledge continued financial aid to the country, reports Reuters.  

A wave of coordinated strikes by the Taliban has shaken public confidence in the country’s Western-backed government. Recently, a report by the U.S government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said that the government lost control or influence of nearly five percent of its territory between January and May.

The insurgents have intensified their activities outside Kabul with the aim to seize Lashkar Gah, capital of the strategic southern province of Helmand as well as other towns.