KABUL - Kabul gun battle that lasted for about two hours on Saturday afternoon took the lives of 9 people, including two policemen while 12 others were wounded in the attack, security officials say.
Afghan security officials confirmed civilian casualties in the incident. The incident took place after a police station in the heart of Kabul came under attack by Four suicide bombers wearing military uniforms.
"One bomber blew himself up at the gate to pave the way for the others to enter, and a second one was shot dead by the police," spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, adding that there were no dead reported beyond the attackers. Two entered a building in the compound, where police killed a third and the final attacker continued to battle security forces, Sediqqi added.
Right after the first suicide attack happened, people were panicking out of the Kabul Market known as Mandawi, the biggest wholesale market in Kabul that is full of businessmen and vendors almost at any time of the day.
The situation has gone back to normal, officials said.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The incident happened hours after Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters at a press conference that the United States is in direct talks with the Taliban to broker a peace settlement.
In a separate incident in southern Ghazni province at least 15 fuel tankers bounded to ship fuel to Nato troops were torched by insurgents on Saturday. Four guards were killed and four others were injured in the attacks.
The attacks came as the US President Barack Obama is on the verge announcing the size of the troops that should be pulled out of Afghanistan based on Obama's troop withdrawal strategy that will begin this July. (Tolo News/Reuters)