Aug. 14 - The Taliban makes a coordinated attack on a governor's compound in central Afghanistan. WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES. Simon Hanna reports.
WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bodies and debris are strewn across this governor's compound in central Afghanistan after a deadly coordinated attack. Suicide bombers and gunmen killed at least 19 and injured 37 here in Parwan, an hour's drive northwest of the capital Kabul. Witnesses reported hearing gun battles and at least five explosions as security forces tried to repel the assault. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the Islamist group said it began when a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the compound. He said five other bombers made it inside. Parwan police said a meeting involving the police chief, the governor "and some foreign advisers" was under way when the attack was launched but the attackers did not reach the meeting room. In a statement from the presidential palace, Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack. The assault is another indication of the reach of the Taliban and other insurgents. Eight days ago a rocket propelled grenade fired by the Taliban brought down a NATO helicopter killing 38 people - the single worse incident for foreign forces in 10 years of war. Simon Hanna, Reuters.