The casualties toll as a result of a deadly attack in capital Kabul has climbed to 64 deaths and 347 wounded, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced Wednesday.
MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi said at least 64 lost their lives in the attack and 347 others were wounded.
The attack on Directorate of Security for Prominent Figures was launched around 9:00 am local time after a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was detonated near the compound.
The explosion triggered heavy gun battle between the Afghan forces and the Taliban insurgents that continued for several hours before the assailants were shot dead.
The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the attack which comes amid rampant insurgency led by the group since they announced their spring offensive.
The attack was widely condemned by the Afghan officials as well as the international community.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani vowed to revenge each drop of blood of the Afghan people shed by the militants, emphasizing that the militant groups pursued violence despite repeated calls by the Afghan government to participate in peaceful negotations. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES