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Taliban attacks show Afghan insurgents' resilienceWed, 23 Jan, 2013 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

Taliban attacks show Afghan insurgents' resilience Smoke rises from the building of Kabul traffic police headquarters... ((AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)) Read more: Taliban attacks show Afghan insurgents' resilience - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22417137/taliban-attack-kabul-p KABUL, Afghanistan—Taliban suicide bombers carried out a brazen attack in the Afghan capital on Monday, the second in less than a week and a sign that insurgents are determined to keep fighting despite recent overtures of peace from the U.S. and Afghan government.

The nine-hour assault on the traffic police headquarters, which sent heavy black smoke rising over Kabul, was the second such attack in the heart of the snow-covered capital in six days.

It came a week after the Afghan and American presidents agreed that the Taliban should open a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar to facilitate possible reconciliation with the hardline Islamic group. And it occurred just days after Pakistan announced it would release

Dust rises from the site where a rocket fired by militants landed, as birds fly near the Kabul traffic police headquarters as it is attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Taliban insurgents wearing suicide vests attacked the Kabul traffic police headquarters before dawn Monday, police said, and eyewitnesses heard numerous explosions while a gun battle was still raging nearly four hours later. ((AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq))
more Taliban detainees to help jumpstart the fragile peace process.

The pre-dawn attack began with two Taliban suicide bombers blowing themselves up at the gates of the police headquarters. Three heavily armed militants, also wearing explosive vests, then stormed the compound, authorities said.

About 90 minutes later, a car packed with explosives blew up near the gate. Such secondary explosive devices often are rigged to timers and designed to kill people responding to the attack.

The three militants who entered the compound battled Afghan security forces for nine hours. Three policemen were killed, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. Four traffic policemen and 10 civilians were wounded, he said.



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