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Cheers as Taliban attack on Kabul is ended after 20 hours of fighting

NBC, msnbc.com and news services report from KABUL, Afghanistan:

 An assault by Taliban insurgents on the heart of Kabul's diplomatic and military enclave has ended after 20 hours, when security forces killed the last of six attackers, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday.

"The operation just ended and 6 terrorists were killed by Police, details on casualties will be announced later," spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

The insurgents had holed up in a multi-storey building still under construction, and launched their attack early on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading.

 

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

Afghan policemen fire towards a building that Taliban insurgents took over during an attack near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Sept. 13.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

NATO and Afghan troops attend to casualties as a battle with Taliban insurgents in Kabul stretches into a second day, on Sept. 14.

Omar Sobhani / Reuters

Afghan policemen carry a fellow officer who is a casualty at the site of an attack in Kabul on Sept. 14.

Musadeq Sadeq / AP

Afghan security forces cheer on top of a building in Kabul after all the militants, who occupied the building, were killed on Sept. 14. The 20-hour insurgent attack in the heart of Kabul ended Wednesday morning after a final volley of helicopter gunfire as Afghan police ferreted out and killed the last few assailants who had taken over a half-built downtown building to fire on the nearby U.S. Embassy and NATO compounds.

 See more images of Afghanistan in our slideshow, Nation at a crossroads.