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In pictures: Militants attack Kabul

Afghan security forces run for the site of Afghan Justice Ministry

Security forces in Afghanistan rushed to the scene of three Taleban attacks on government buildings in the capital, Kabul, which officials say killed at least 27 people and injured more than 50.

Afghan security forces try to get inside the Afghan justice ministry

There was constant gunfire as police scaled the justice ministry with ladders to enter through windows.

Afghan commandos try to enter the Justice Ministry

At one point the justice minister was locked inside his office under armed protection. He told the BBC he was safe but was unable to leave. Four militants who attacked the building were killed.

Afghan people run past the Justice Ministry

As gunfire reverberated throughout the city, members of the public and ministry workers ran for cover.

Children at the ministry of justice

Frightened children were escorted away from the ministry of justice.

Justice Ministry wokers run for coverrun

The attack follows a number of similar assaults last year and comes at a time when President Hamid Karzai is offering to sit down and start peace talks with the Taleban.

Afghan commandos patrol outside the Justice Ministry

After the violence subsided, three suicide bombers and four gunmen had been killed and several police officers were dead or injured, officials said.

Afghan policeman outside the Justice Ministry

The attacks come in the week the new US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, is expected to visit Kabul.

Afghan policemen outside the Justice Ministry

Security remains heavy. The Taleban have said they carried out the attacks in response to the treatment of Taleban prisoners in Afghan jails.



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