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Tue 19 Jan 2010 10:44 AM

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Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks

Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
Taliban militants launched multiple suicide attacks at key government targets in Kabul, killing at least 12 people, including a child and seven attackers. The attacks were the boldest for some time and lasted three hours. (Getty Images)
Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
Smoke billows from a shopping mall following the attacks. President Hamid Karzai has since said security has been restored to the capital. (Getty Images)
Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
Afghan security forces take position in a public market. (Getty Images)
Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
The synchronised attacks hit the city centre’s most important buildings, including the presidential palace, central bank, ministries of justice and mines. (Getty Images)
Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
Afghan security forces take position in a public market during the clashes. (Getty Images)
Kabul rocked by Taliban attacks
The militants struck at the peak of Kabul’s morning rush hour, the severity of which cleared people off the streets for miles around. (Getty Images)