Kabul: Afghan CRU ends CARE siege, rescue 42 people

Kabul [Afghanistan], Sept. 6 : The Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU) members on Tuesday gunned down all insurgents that had been holed up in CARE NGO's building in Shar-e-Naw overnight in Kabul.

At least 42 people were rescued, including 10 foreigners from houses in the immediate vicinity of the NGO's building, reports the Tolo News.

The Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed that three gunmen were killed in total. The insurgents on Monday night launched their attack on the NGO. The attack first started with a car bomb that ripped through the city and the gunmen then reportedly stormed the building.

The police have confirmed that at least one civilian was killed and six were wounded in the attack. Following the attack, the roads into the city were closed to all traffic since last night. The bombing was the third in Kabul yesterday after twin explosions outside the Ministry of Defence killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more.

An initial explosive device was detonated at the gate of the ministry. Once first responders had arrived at the scene, a suicide bomber then detonated his explosives. Among the dead were a number of high-ranking police and military officials. CARE first established its mission in Afghanistan in 1961 and suspended activities after the Russian invasion of 1979.

In 1989, it resumed activities in from a new base in Peshawar, Pakistan, and delivered assistance to Afghanistan from across the border until 2002 when it moved its main office back to Kabul.

Source: ANI