Kabul siege concludes with 14 dead
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:25AM
Afghan military personal fill a street during an attack by Taliban militants September 13 in Kabul.
The Interior Ministry of Afghanistan says the siege of Kabul has concluded following 19 hours of clashes that ended with killing of the remaining militants by security forces.
"The last attackers are dead and the fighting all over. There were six terrorists in the building and all are dead," Siddiq Siddiqi, an interior ministry spokesman, told AFP.
Officials raised the death toll of the attacks to 14 after Siddiqi announced that three police officers were also killed during the attacks that started on Tuesday.
Earlier, NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced that 11 Afghans, including three children, lost their lives in the clashes.
"Nineteen (were) wounded, 11 killed, which includes three children," said ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings.
He added that six US-led soldiers were among those injured.
"We also have six (ISAF) wounded in action since yesterday. Three of them were US which happened during the main engagement off the ISAF compound... the other three were in support during clearing (of the main building)."
Deadly fighting erupted between Taliban militants and security forces after the militants launched their attacks on the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul on Tuesday.
CIA Director David Petraeus said on Tuesday that a "handful of individuals" entered a building that was under construction several hundred meters from the mission and then opened fire and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the area of the embassy.
No embassy personnel have been injured, US officials said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, although Afghan officials blamed the Haqqani network, a militant group reportedly linked to the Taliban that operates independently.