Taliban Launches Wave of Attacks in Afghanistan

April 15, 2012 Updated: April 15, 2012

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks across Afghanistan on Sunday, targeting the country’s parliament, as well as diplomatic residences and NATO facilities.

Militants targeted at least seven sites in the capital city Kabul, and several more in three Afghan provinces, Logar, Paktia, and Jalalabad.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid was quoted by Associated Press as saying that terrorists were targeting the embassies of Britain, Germany and Russia, the NATO headquarters, the Afghan parliament and the Serena and Kabul Star hotels.

”In all these attacks, tens of mujahedeen fighters equipped with light and heavy weapons, suicide vests, RPGs, rockets, heavy machine guns and hand grenades are attacking their targets,” Mujahid said in an email.

”Our initial reports indicate that a large number of foreign forces, Afghan police and army are killed and wounded.”

NATO confirmed that there had been attacks in seven locations but there were not yet any reports of casualties.

The American Embassy confirmed to AP that there had been attacks in the vicinity of the building, and the German embassy said that there was some damage to the facility but there were no reports of anyone being hurt.

The U.K. Foreign Office said they were in contact with staff there in response to an “incident”. Reuters reported that two rockets hit a guard tower at the embassy.