Washington: Condemning the Kabul attacks by Taliban , the US State Department on Sunday called the wave of coordinated attacks across Afghanistan "cowardly," and praised the "swift and effective response" of Afghan forces.
   
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the US ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, to "discuss the cowardly attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan" and to confirm US personnel were safe, the State Department said.
   
Clinton "asked Ambassador Crocker to convey to President Karzai the United States' appreciation for the swift and effective response of Afghan National Security Forces," her spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. Clinton "also asked him to convey that her thoughts are with all those affected by the violence."
   
Explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday as suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive.
   
The US, British, German and Japanese embassy compounds came under fire as militants attacked the city's diplomatic enclave and tried to storm parliament. Security forces moved President Hamid Karzai to a safe area.

(JPN/Agencies)