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Afghanistan attack

Militants storm government building in Afghan capital, take hostages

KABUL: Militants stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, taking civilians hostage as they fought a gun battle against Afghan soldiers, officials said. The attack began in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside the Ministry of Public Works. Shooting followed, with hundreds of government employees inside the building, said Interior Ministry official Nasrat Rahimi. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Rahimi said two militants had been killed but gunmen in a nearby…

US army general wounded in Afghanistan attack

WASHINGTON: A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province, a military spokesman confirmed. US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley, in charge of NATO's military advisory mission in Afghanistan, suffered at least one gunshot wound in Thursday's attack, the Washington Post reported Sunday. A gunman wearing an Afghan security forces uniform opened fire on a group including General Scott Miller -- the top US…