The fierce gun battle between Taliban militants and security forces in different parts of Afghanistan and in the capital city of Kabul ended on Monday. Thirty two insurgents were killed in the gun battle while 10 soldiers and eight policemen lost their lives fighting the terrorists, it has been reported.
"In only a short time we managed to cut short their devilish plans and all 32 insurgents were killed. They carried suicide vests, but managed to do nothing except be killed," Reuters quoted Defence Ministry Chief of Operations Afzal Aman as saying.
Taliban on Sunday afternoon launched multiple attacks in different parts of Kabul and in other provinces. The UK and German embassies came under militant attack. The parliament was also attacked.
NATO helicopters attacked militants hiding around the International Security Assistance Force headquarters, NATO headquarters and several embassies.
Video of Kabul Post-Taliban Attack.
DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE ATTACK
While the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, some officials were of the opinion that Haqqanis militants, a network of ethnic Pashtun tribal militants allied with the Taliban, who live along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, were involved in the attack.
Stating that the terrorists tried to harm the process of transferring security to the Afghan forces, Interior Minister Besmillah Mohammadi told newspersons that "it was the Haqqani network that launched the attack." He said one militant was arrested.
The news was again confirmed by US ambassador Ryan Crocker. "My guess, based on previous experience here, is this is a set of Haqqani network operations out of North Waziristan and the Pakistani tribal areas," he said.
However, apart from the Taliban, no other groups have claimed responsible for the attack.