Three gunmen stormed Helmand MP Mir Wali’s house in Khoshal Khan, PD5, in Kabul on Wednesday night, killing at least five people, including two children and taking others hostage, security sources at the scene said.
According to them the gunmen stormed the house shortly before 7pm local time and at least one of the attackers detonated explosives inside the MP’s house.
Security sources and friends of Mir Wali have said that among the dead are two of the MPs grandsons, the 25-year-old son of Obaidullah Barikzai, an MP from Kandahar, and two security force members.
A number of people have also reportedly been wounded including Wais Samimi, former Uruzgan police chief.
Security sources have also said that a number of Mir Wali’s family members and friends have been taken hostage by the other gunmen.
Initial reports indicated only two attackers were involved but security sources later confirmed three had stormed the house.
Mir Wali was reportedly at home when the gunmen entered the house but managed to escape through a neighboring house.
TOLOnews journalist at the scene has reported that sporadic fire has been heard coming from inside the house.
The elite Crisis Response Unit is on the scene along with NDS Special Forces and other security force units.