Italian UN official seriously injured in Kabul attack

Explosions, gunfire near Emergency hospital

Italian UN official seriously injured in Kabul attack

Rome, May 24 - An Italian employee of the United Nations was gravely injured in an attack by armed militants in Kabul on Friday, the Italian foreign ministry said. The woman was taken with two Nepalese guards, also UN employees, and four members of the Afghan police to be treated at a hospital run by the Italian non-governmental organization Emergency, said sources at the hospital. Powerful explosions and intense gunfire ripped through downtown Kabul on Friday afternoon in the Shar-e-Naw quarter, near the Emergency hospital. The source of the blasts was suicide bombing aimed at the headquarters of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. A spokesman for the Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack. The number of dead or injured is still unclear, though an Afghan interior ministry spokesman said three attackers had died and at least eight people were injured.

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