The number of people killed when militants stormed an election commission office in the Afghan capital Tuesday has risen to five, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The victims were two police officers, two election commission workers and a provincial council candidate, said spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in Kabul. Eight others were injured, including four police officers and four election commission staff, Seddiqi said. After a five-hour gunbattle with Afghan security services, the five militants who carried out the attack were also killed, he said, bringing the violence to an end. Two militants blew themselves up as they entered the compound in the Darul Aman area, he said, while the remaining three went into the election commission building.
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“The attackers would have killed a lot of innocent people, as there were 70 people working in that building, if the Afghan security forces hadn’t engaged them in the armed fight from outside,” Sediqqi said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes less than two weeks before Afghanistan holds presidential elections.