26 killed in attack on government offices in Kabul

February 11, 2009 13:29 IST
Last Updated: February 11, 2009 19:11 IST

Three near-simultaneous attacks on government offices, carried out by the Taliban [Images], claimed 26 lives and injured over 55 people in Kabul on Wednesday. Most of the victims were civilians, said government sources.

The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, who targeted the Prisons Directorate, the Justice Ministry and the Education Ministry.

The Defence Ministry claimed that eight suicide bombers were also killed in the attack.    

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating that this was their response to the mistreatment of Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails.