Militants killed in Kabul stand-off

2014-03-29 17:03
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Kabul - An Afghan interior ministry official says five militants who attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns have been killed, ending a four-hour stand-off.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammed Ayub Salangi says two policemen were injured in the attack on Saturday.

There were no casualties among the dozens of Independent Election Commission staff and other people on the heavily fortified compound.

Salangi said the five insurgents wore the all-encompassing burqua to sneak unnoticed into a building that looked onto the heavily fortified Independent Election Commission headquarters.

It's the latest in a series of high-profile attacks that come as the Islamic militant movement steps up a campaign of violence to disrupt presidential elections due to be held in a week.

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