NYPD Intelligence Report: Coordinated Terrorist Attacks in Kabul
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
(This report was made available to the National Association of Chiefs of Police by the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division at One Police Plaza in Manhattan.)
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated suicide attacks against government targets in Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to the Talibanâ€™s Voice of Jihad site, 16 members of its Al-Hamza Martyrdom-Seeking Battalion between the ages of 20-25 and under the leadership of Mullah Musa Kalim carried out the attacks.At least 28 people were killed.
8 attackers wearing explosive vests and armed with automatic rifles were killed ; 21 others were arrested. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said attacks were in response to mistreatment of Taliban prisoners in Afghan custody. The attacks came as Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke arrived in Afghanistan to discuss U.S. troop escalation.
Reports indicate that prior to the attacks, the cell sent three text messages to handlers in Pakistan. The attackers targeted three buildings around Kabul and the attacks commenced at 10:03 AM local time.
Reports indicate 8 attackers were killed; three detonated their devices and five were shot by security forces; another was captured and one may have escaped. Two attackers targeted the prisons north of the city.
Witnesses said the two shot their way inside and then detonated their devices, killing five civilians and wounding five. Five attackers entered the heavily fortified Ministry of Security. One was killed by guards outside the gates.The remaining three attackers then proceeded inside and began firing at civilians.
Many workers were seen jumping from windows. Those remaining, including the Justice Minister, locked themselves in their offices. The attackers separated and roamed to different floors. The Afghan National Directorate of Security established a cordon around the building. At the same time, Afghan Special Forces supported by a small number of U.S. Special Forces worked their way inside the ministry.
Three hours after the initial attack on the Justice Ministry, Afghan forces signaled that the attackers were killed. A brief gun battle erupted and an attacker holed up near a day care center inside the building was killed. Reports indicate that one of the attackers was captured.The last attack took place near the Ministry of Education.
Initial reports claimed the lone attacker was killed attempting to gain entry to the building.The Taliban claimed the attacker was targeting the security cordon around the Ministry of Justice near the Ministry of Education.
A separate attack took place near the Khorasan Hotel north of Kabul, targeting a convoy of western troops.No casualty numbers have been made available.
The attacks were complex and coordinated, mirroring al-Qaeda tactics.Use of small units was very similar to Mumbai attack. However, the number of attacks inside Kabul fell by 50% between 2007-2008.
The decrease attributable to improved security.
Recent attacks have been increasingly sophisticated and included:
â€¢ Jan. 2009, Suicide bomber kills five outside German Embassy;
â€¢ Oct. 2008, Suicide attacker kills five inside Culture Ministry;
â€¢ July 2008, Suicide car bomber kills more than 50 at Indian
Implications for New York
â€¢ These attacks were not static and were conducted against three
â€¢ The early morning timing of the attacks indicates that the attackers
wanted a large body count as targets could be expected to be full of
â€¢ Complex attacks are an al-Qaeda preferred method of operation.
â€¢ New York City, however, is a different operating environment than
â€¢ The attacks once again show the proclivity to use small unit tactics to
breach fortified security areas.
â€¢ Prompt response by Afghan forces helped minimize casualties
(Please Note: This is an edited version of the NYPD’s New York Shields Intelligence Report.)
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.