Diaries from Afghan War Zone: Attack in the heart of Kabul

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June 20, 2011 19:03

It started as a very calm day. I arrived at my office and informed my friends about a classical concert which was scheduled to be held at the France Cultural Center at 5:30 pm.

At around 2 pm, my colleague got information about a suicide attack on a police station in a crowded business district of Kabul. We rushed to the scene and as soon as we arrived at the spot, we saw all the shops closed and their owners anxious. I entered a street which was very close to the police station and after a struggle with the police we got more closer. The clash just began. One suicide attacker blew himself up inside the police station and two others entered the building and opened fire.

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Shopkeepers nearby the scene of the suicide attack lock themselves up and nervously watch the police operation. Photo - Massoud Hossaini

Mandavi, the place where attack happened, is a crowded area where all old and traditional markets are located and huge number of people from different trades make a living every day.

I saw a man carrying a wounded policeman. Some men who had their shops near the police station were watching the whole drama unfolding from their shops and their faces were very sad and gloomy. I witnessed a woman running without shoes and crying while a scared old man running after her with his pale face.

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A scared woman running away from the scene of the suicide bombing on a police station in Kabul. Photo - Massoud Hossaini

As I got closer to the crime scene, police shouted and tried to kick me out. A man in a shop also hurled loads of insults at me but I did not reply. I thought maybe they think that I am a foreigner and as Karzai blames foreigners all the time for what ever happening in the country, their anger was directed at me.

I changed my place and moved to another place where many other journalists were stood. I saw a dead body of an attacker who had an Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform. He was young. An intelligence personnel was talking loud and blaming people present at the scene. He was angry that why the people not inform them and why people do not corporate with Afghanistan’s security forces.

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Security officials carrying the body of a Taliban fighter killed in the clash with Afghan policemen in Kabul on Saturday, 18 June. Photo - Massoud Hossaini

In another corner, two dead bodies of Afghan policemen were lying down in a police vehicle. A police officer was shouting at some French soldiers from ISAF and was asking them to leave.

The whole area was locked down. Entire city was informed about the incident and most of the streets got empty. Everyone was fearing another attack.

The music concert at French cultural centre was canceled and my friends in Kabul informed each other about it on Facebook. The wailing ambulances got silent but there is wind which is shaking the trees in our office…

Massoud Hossaini is a 29-year-old photo journalist from Afghanistan who has been covering the war in Afghanistan since the last several years. He frequently embeds with the coalition forces in Afghanistan to find out the other side of the story. His stories can be read on http://massoudhossaini.blogspot.com. Diary written by Massoud Hossaini; Edited & Published by Moign Khawaja.

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