8 dead, 20 wounded in attack on home of Afghan defence minister

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At least eight people died in an attack targeting the Kabul of Afghanistan’s acting defence minister, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

At least another 20 people were wounded when an explosives-packed vehicle was detonated near the of the minister in the ’s Shirpur area late on Tuesday.

Five gunmen entered residential buildings following the attack and engaged in a gun battle with the Afghan Special Forces.

The attack ended about five hours later, after members of the security forces killed all the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai said.

Casualty figures were subject to slight changes as investigative teams were still working at the site, Stanekzai added.

Hours after the attack, the acting defence minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, posted a video on social media saying his was targeted by terrorists, but that he is safe with his family.

“Unfortunately, a number of my bodyguards were wounded,” he added.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack yet.

The incident in central Kabul came after a period of relative calm.

Both Taliban and Islamic State were active in Afghanistan and have been carrying major attacks in the war-torn country in the past.