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Friday, February 26, 2010

14 killed in attack in Afghan capital Kabul

February 26, 2010 - At least 14 people, including three suicide bombers were killed in an attack in Afghan capital Kabul on Friday morning, local police said.

Two explosions blew up nearby City Center, a nine-story shopping building in downtown Kabul about 06:40 on Friday morning, police said.

The first explosion proved to be a suicide car bombing at a guesthouse run by Indian nationals, which resulted in the collapse of the whole building of the guesthouse.

The other two bombers detonated the explosives tied on their bodies near the City Center.

Two remaining terror suspects hid inside the building of City Center or neighboring residence, launched gunbattles with the police.

Three suicide bombers were killed in the attack, an Afghan intelligence official who declined to be named told Xinhua.

The attack also claimed the lives of two Afghan policemen, said Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, head of Crime Investigation Department of Kabul police.

Nine civilians, including five Indian nationals, were killed in the attack, according to the head of a military hospital.

The gunbattle was still going on, with explosions and gunshots heard in the area.

The attack is the first since Jan. 18, when a group of militants attacked Afghan presidential palace and other government buildings, leaving 12 people, including seven attackers dead.