A day has passed since the deadly attack on the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the most violent day seen in Afghanistan’s capital following a relative calm in the past few months. Seven people were killed when four gunmen stormed the key installation in the center of the city and opened fire at the employees inside the building, while many more were injured.
One of the survivors, Ramin, shared his ordeal. Ramin who works at the Ministry of Communications, survived the attack as he had taken shelter only few meters away from the attacker.
He said that there was darkness all around inside the building and that there was only few meters distance between large crowd and one of the attackers.
“The situation was just chaotic, especially when the power was cut. We were frightened! Women were also there including the visitors. They were also stuck with us. But when we saw the security forces, we became happy that now there is a way for us to go out. It was horrible, because we were near to them (attackers), there was only one door distance between us,” Ramin explained.
In reaction to the attack, President Ashraf Ghani said that it indicates the cowardice of the groups behind such attacks.
Ghani hailed the response of the Afghan security forces in tackling the attack on and said the bravery of the defense and security forces saved hundreds of lives.
“Our security and defense forces demonstrated the highest level of patriotism and sacrifice,” Ghani said.
He added that insurgency has been imposed on the people of Afghanistan.
“Those should be taken accountable who insist on war while there is a clear political way to resolve it,” said Ghani, indirectly referring to the Taliban.
Ghani also tried to send a message to insurgents that today’s war in Afghanistan does not have a legal ground.
“There is no justification for this war,” said Ghani. “If you (militants) want to fight against our Defense and Security Forces, it (public places) is not a battlefield… Who has given you the right to attack the honor of the people? Who has given you the right to enter people’s houses forcefully and use them as a shield?”
The center of Kabul city witnessed a complex attack by at least four gunmen on Saturday after months of relative calm in the Afghan capital amid accelerating efforts for the peace process.
The attack started with a suicide bombing outside the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Kabul’s PD2 – which is located in the once-famous 18-story building built during the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan.
The attackers breached the heavily-fortified compound an hour after the first explosion and fought for five hours near and inside the first floor of the building.