Taliban Attacks Rock Kabul

Taliban claims responsibility for series of attacks on diplomatic area, parliament
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2012 5:54 AM CDT
Updated Apr 15, 2012 7:22 AM CDT
Explosions, Gunfire Rock Kabul
Security forces on the street as smoke rises in Kabul, following a series of coordinated attacks by Taliban militants Sunday, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/AP Video)

(Newser) – At least a dozen large explosions and sustained gunfire tore through Kabul this morning, in what appears to be a series of coordinated attacks on the city's diplomatic zone, reports the Telegraph. Fighting was reported around the British and US embassies, while smoke billowed from near the German embassy. The Afghan parliament was also targeted, although security has forced them back for now, according to Sky News. A prominent hotel was also reported burning and under attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility in a text message to the AP; the attacks come just hours after a massive prison break freed 380 fighters in Pakistan.

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No casualties have been reported thus far, but at least five people have been injured. The sheer scope of the attacks is enough to raise concern, notes the AP. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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