Afghan policemen gather at the scene of a suicide attack in Maidan Shar, the capital of Wardak province, yesterday.
KABUL: At least four Afghan intelligence agents and five rebels were killed and more than 150 civilians were wounded yesterday when Taliban militants attacked an intelligence bureau in central Afghanistan, officials said.
Six attackers armed with guns and suicide vests attacked a National Directorate of Security building in Maidan Shar, the capital city of Wardak province south of the capital Kabul, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. “Five attackers and four intelligence officers were killed in the ensuing clash.”
The first attacker was killed when he smashed his explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of the bureau, opening the way for the others to enter the building, he said.
The fighting lasted an hour, ending when all militants were dead.
Dr Ghulam Farooq of the Wardak central hospital, said more than 150 people, mostly civilians, were wounded. “One hundred and fifty-three people, including 23 women and two children, have been brought to the hospital,” he said, adding 12 were in a critical condition.
The Taliban on their website claimed responsibility, saying their fighters had incurred heavy casualties to Afghan security forces. AFP