As it happened: Co-ordinated Afghan attacks

Key points

  • Taliban militants say they have launched several co-ordinated attacks across Afghanistan as part of a "spring offensive".
  • The parliament, US, British, German and Russian embassies as well as Nato heaquarters and a hotel in Kabul are among the targets.
  • Militants say they have also targeted sites in Logar, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces as well as in Jalalabad.
  • Mortars have also been fired at a Nato base on Kabul's outskirts.
  • Intelligence officials say three people were captured ahead of an intended attack on one of President Hamid Karzai's deputies.
  • Afghan officials say 14 insurgents have been killed.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Alex Kleiderman 
  • Claudia Allen 

Last updated 15 April 2012

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Welcome to the BBC coverage of what appears to be a series of co-ordinated militant attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as well as in a number of other cities.

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Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters news agency the attacks were the beginning of an insurgent spring offensive.

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The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul, Kabul

says Afghan quotes police and intelligence officials as saying insurgents have taken over a fuel station and are firing at an international logistical warehouse in the east of Kabul.

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Here is a gallery of the first images of the Afghan army and police response to the attacks in Kabul.

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Afghan government translator Sardar Wali told the BBC militants entered a hotel about 150m away from the German embassy and "started rocket attacks".

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Sardar Wali adds: "I can see smoke and fires caused by the attacks from my apartment window. The heavy rocket fire stopped at about an hour ago but shooting is still taking place."

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Brig Gen Carsten Jacobson from the International Security Assistance Force tells the BBC there are no confirmed reports of casualties at this time.

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The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul

says a number of politicians in the Afghan Parliament building in the east of Kabul report the site has come under sporadic attack from gunfire and rocket propelled grenades.