An 11-hour standoff at the Kabul headquarters of CARE International ended Tuesday morning when Afghan police killed three gunmen who had stormed the aid charity’s office Monday night, The Washington Post reports. One civilian was killed and six were wounded in the assault, which came hours after a bombing at the nearby Afghan Defense Ministry that killed 35 people.
Authorities said militants used a car bomb to gain entry to the well-guarded CARE office, located in an expensive downtown district, at 11 p.m. local time Monday. The building was surrounded by Afghan special forces, leading to a siege punctuated by sporadic gunfire. The Afghan Interior Ministry said 42 people were rescued after the standoff ended, 10 of them foreign nationals.
No group has claimed credit for the CARE attack, but Afghan security officials suspect the Haqqani network, an arm of the Taliban, according to The New York Times.