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Afghans tighten security in Kabul after attack

world Updated: Jan 19, 2010 16:33 IST

Afghan forces tightened security in Kabul today, a day after a brazen Taliban assault on the city centre left 12 people dead and raised concerns about the government's ability to protect the people.

Troops searched vehicles entering the capital and increased the number of checkpoints in the city, along with foot patrols and vehicle patrols, said deputy police chief Mohammad Khalil Dastyar.

The streets otherwise were calm and traffic was back to normal a day after the attack, which sent terrified Afghans racing for cover as explosions and machine-gun fire echoed across the city.

Afghan forces along with NATO advisers managed to restore order after nearly five hours of fighting.

The assault by a handful of determined militants dramatised the vulnerability of the Afghan capital, undermining public confidence in the ability of the government and its US-led allies to provide security.

A handful of gunmen, perhaps fewer than a dozen, paralysed a city of 4 million for hours, forcing government ministries to stop work as police used ministry buildings as firing positions.

Mohammad Nasir, a taxi driver, said the government needs to do more to stop foreign attackers from crossing the border.
"They always say that these attackers are coming from outside, but they don't have wings to fly from the sky and come here, so they come from the ground," he said.