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>> Dozens were killed or wounded in a seven-hour militant attack on an Afghan government building on Monday. The attack in the capital Kabul hit a ministry responsible for people with disabilities and welfare for families of those killed in other attacks in the war-torn country.>> I was walking down the road and saw a vehicle parked in the area when suddenly a huge explosion occurred.
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I don't know whether it was a rocket or a suicide bomb but it knocked me down.>> Authorities say it began with a suicide car bombing outside the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Persons before gunmen took hostages and the battle with security forces began, three of the militants were killed by police.
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It's not clear who orchestrated the attack though, authorities are accusing the Taliban but the Taliban deny they were involved. No other group has claimed responsibility. The Afghan government has been in a state of panic and confusion for days since US president, Donald Trump, signalled that he was considering pulling out over a third of the 14,000 American troops based there.
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That announcement came a day after his surprise decision to withdraw from Syria.