Timeline: Attacks in Afghan capital target foreigners

KABUL (BestGrowthStock) – At least 14 people were killed and 32 wounded in Taliban attacks in Kabul on Friday, officials said, the latest audacious assault in the Afghan capital despite a renewed push against the insurgents.

Four of the dead and some of the wounded were Indian nationals.

Following is a timeline of major attacks in Kabul since 2008:

Jan 14, 2008 – Several Taliban gunmen storm the luxury Serena hotel near the presidential palace in a commando-style attack, killing six people, including a Norwegian journalist. The Norwegian foreign minister, staying at the hotel, is unhurt.

April 27 – President Hamid Karzai survives an assassination attempt while attending a military parade close to his presidential palace. Three civilians are killed as Taliban fighters fire guns and rockets at the official celebrations.

July 7 – A suicide car bomb outside the Indian Embassy kills 58. Scores wounded in the biggest attack in the city since the war began in late 2001.

Oct 30 – Five people die after a suicide bomber blows himself up inside the Information Ministry, following a clash between insurgents and ministry guards. The Taliban says foreign advisers inside were the targets.

Nov 27 – A suicide attack on a convoy of foreign forces near the U.S. embassy kills four civilians.

Feb 1, 2009 – A Taliban suicide car bomber hits a convoy of foreign troops on Kabul’s western edge, wounding two Afghan civilians and slightly injuring a French soldier

Feb 11 – A number of Taliban fighters, including suicide bombers, storm two government buildings, including the Justice Ministry, across from the presidential palace. More than 20 people are killed and nearly 50 wounded.

Aug 15 – A Taliban suicide bomber kills seven and wounds 90 in an attack outside the headquarters for the NATO-led force, near the U.S. embassy and government buildings.

Aug 18 – A rocket strikes the presidential palace and a second hits the city’s police headquarters, two days before the presidential election. No one is hurt.

Aug 19 – Several Taliban gunmen, including a suicide bomber, storm a bank and clash with police just south of the presidential palace. The gunmen are killed.

Sept 17 – Ten Afghan civilians and six Italian soldiers die in a massive suicide car bomb attack on a road between Kabul’s airport and the U.S. embassy.

Oct 8 – Seven Afghan civilians are killed and 45 wounded in a blast outside the Indian embassy.

Oct 28 – Five foreign U.N. staff are killed when militants attack an international guest house. A rocket aimed at the presidential palace hits the Serena hotel.

Dec 15 – A suicide car bomber blows up his vehicle outside a former vice president’s home in the main diplomatic neighborhood, killing eight and wounding dozens.

Jan 18, 2010 – Attacks on multiple locations, including shopping malls and the central bank, kill at least four security forces and one civilian, and wound 38. Security officials say at least nine of the attackers are killed.

Feb 26 – Two suicide bombers detonate explosives near Kabul’s biggest shopping center and a hotel. At least 14 people are killed and 32 wounded. Four of the dead are Indians.

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Source: Reuters

Timeline: Attacks in Afghan capital target foreigners