Eight of the jihadists were killed. Paradise is guaranteed to those who “slay and are slain” for Allah: “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth” (Qur’an 9:111).
“Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 19 in Afghan capital,” by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez for Associated Press, February 11 (thanks to James):
KABUL — Taliban fighters, carrying assault rifles and wearing suicide vests, stormed the Justice Ministry and another government building in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, forcing workers to flee from windows, according to government officials and a Taliban spokesman.
Nineteen people were killed in the assault.
The coordinated attacks struck in the heart of Kabul, underscoring the reach of the Taliban beyond their strongholds in the south and east ahead of a planned visit by President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the region. […]
A ministry worker said he scrambled out of a second-floor window to escape an advancing gunman.
“I came out of my office to see what was going on, and I saw a man with an AK-47 shooting at every employee he saw in the hall,” said ministry employee Nazir Mohammad, shaking as he spoke.
Another two men blew themselves up at the ministry’s correction department in northern Kabul, Azimi said. […]
In typical jihadist fashion, the Taliban claims it was all just a response to provocation:
Zabiullah Mujaheed, a spokesman for the Taliban, said the attacks were in response to the alleged mistreatment of Taliban prisoners in Afghan government jails.
“We have warned the Afghan government to stop torturing our prisoners,” Mujaheed told the AP in a phone call from an undisclosed location. “Today we attacked Justice Ministry compounds.”…