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Blasts, fighting spell bleak future for Afghan stability (2)

By Chen Xin, Yangtze Yan (Xinhua)

11:21, April 16, 2012

Atmosphere grew more tense in Kabul, where soldiers and policemen stand guard to fight any potential enemies. During the gun battle at Kabul Star Hotel, several Afghan soldiers were seen wounded and rushed to a hospital for treatment.

"I saw several soldiers shot by Taliban fighters," Local photographer Ahmad Massoud said, "some of them must have been dead. I also saw the Taliban fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades to the Kabul Star Hotel. The battle is still going on there."

Shortly after the first blasts, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, told media via telephone from unknown location that they launched the multiple attacks in Kabul and other cities, saying that these blasts were the beginning of Taliban's "Spring Offensive." Mujahid also said, these attacks were the result of several months' preparations by Taliban insurgents.

The gun battle at the Afghan Parliament building and the Kabul Star Hotel are still going on at the moment. According to a statement by the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, 19 insurgents has been killed by Afghan National Army and National Police in Sunday's attack.

With temperatures go even higher in the months to come, the offensive by Afghan Taliban will grow even more intensive. Sunday' s serial attacks are very likely be the prologue to more such attacks in the future.

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