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  • Injured men receive treatment at the hospital after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Dec. 25, 2018.

    Injured men receive treatment at the hospital after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Dec. 25, 2018. | Photo: Reuters.

Published 25 December 2018

An Afghan government compound was attacked using a car bomb and gunfire by unknown assailants left dozens dead.

On Tuesday, 45 people were killed in an attack perpetrated by a rebel group using explosives and gunfire on a government compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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One of the attackers detonated a car bomb in front of a government building housing a public welfare department.

Other attackers from the same group took hostages and staged a gun battle at the Ministry for Martyrs and Disabled Persons building.

The death toll from the attacks ran up to 43 with 10 injured, according to a health ministry spokesman. A policeman and three attackers were also killed during the fighting in the government compound.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for this attack, however, it resembles operations conducted by the Taliban on government offices, according to Reuters.

This event takes place in the context of a recent announcement by President of the United States Donald Trump to withdraw 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

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