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Burqa-clad rebels struck targets in Kabul: Witnesses.

KABUL (PAN): The attackers, who targeted several government institutions and foreign embassies in Kabul, wore all-covering burqas to enter an under-construction building, eyewitnesses said on Monday.

Several militants, laced with guns and suicide vests, attacked high-security offices in Sherpur, Paktiakot, Darul Aman and Pul-i-Charkhi areas soon after they took positions in different buildings at about 1:30pm on Sunday. They put up stiff residence for 18 hours.

Six assailants in a vehicle stormed a seven-storey building in Sherpur square, where German, Canadian and British embassies, as well as the National Sciences Academy and the residence of interior minister, are located.

Giving a witness account, Habibullah said he was two metres away from the vehicle used by the assailants. "First a man clad in a black burqa opened fire on police, as he disembarked."

He was followed by five other burqa-clad men. A basket of flowers was seen in the vehicle, apparently used by the fighters to show they were women going to a wedding party of some other function, he added.

Interior Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi said the attackers carried flowers, normally gifted in weddings. He told at a news conference the assailants used burqas to show they were going to attend a party.

A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter saw the body of an assailant in black women's dress. The reporter said the rest of bodies he saw on the third, fourth and fifth floors appeared to be of people between 20 to 25 years of age.

The guerrillas fired a salvo of rockets at the One TV building, two at the residence of the interior minister, one each at embassies of Germany, Canada and the UK and the Presidential Palace

Three rockets fell in the15th street of the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district and as many hit the Kabul Star Hotel and Azizi Bank.

The 101st Asmayee Police Zone said property losses from Sunday's attacks in Sherpur were being assessed. Eight security forces were killed and 41 others, including five civilians, injured in the attacks.

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