Kabul: The Afghan Taliban vowed to launch similar attacks to those that engulfed the Afghan capital of Kabul and several provinces on Sunday.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the assaults were in retaliation for the burning of copies of the Quran at a NATO base, the killing of 17 Afghan civilians for which a US soldier has been charged as well as for videos apparently showing US Marines urinating on dead Taliban.
A brazen, 18-hour Taliban attack on the Afghan capital ended early Monday when insurgents who had holed up overnight in two buildings were overcome by heavy gunfire from Afghan-led forces and pre-dawn air assaults from US-led coalition helicopters.
Kabul residents awoke on Monday to a second day of loud explosions and the crackle of gunfire. As darkness turned to dawn, Afghan-led forces fired one rocket-propelled grenade after another into a building in the centre of the city where insurgents began their attack on Sunday.
Fighting there and at the Afghan Parliament building on the southwest side of the city ended just before 8 am.
(With Agencies’ inputs)