At Least 28 Dead, 327 Injured in Taliban Attack on Kabul

Armed militants in Afghanistan stormed a key government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning as part of a coordinated assault, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which included a suicide car bombing. It appeared to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials.

Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the Kabul police chief, said that at least 28 people were killed in the attack, which began when a suicide car bomber struck near the agency compound’s gates.

After the explosion, armed gunmen stormed the compound and waged a prolonged battle with government security forces.

The U.S. Embassy denounced the attack, calling it a senseless act of violence. It added that it supports the Afghan government’s peace process to end such violence.