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Bombers and gunmen attack Kabul police stations, kill 7

Bombers and gunmen attack Kabul police stations, kill 7

Media outlets report three suicide bombers targeted two police stations in the Afghan capital. Another explosion was heard in the late afternoon.

While none of the terrorist organizations has claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said that the coordinated assaults were organized by the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban that has a long record of urban attacks. The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed the killing of at least four people, and said another nine were wounded.

Waheed Majroh, spokesman for the ministry, said 17 others were wounded in the attacks.

Police were among the casualties, including two of the dead, Danish told Tolo News.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and the Islamic State that has turned much of Kabul into a high security zone of concrete blast walls and razor wire.

IS claimed the first attack on a police station in a heavily Shia-populated neighbourhood in the city's west, which interior minister Wais Barmak said ended after roughly an hour.

Smoke rises from the site of the second deadly suicide attack on police stations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Daesh militants claimed the attack on Police Station 13 via a statement on their Amaq propaganda site.

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In the first attack, in western Kabul, the attackers hurled hand grenades and blew themselves up, setting part of the station on fire, Barmak said, adding that a third suicide bomber was shot and killed by police.

Estanakzai told AFP that surrounding buildings had been evacuated but it was not clear if people were trapped inside with the attackers.

He says another two suicide bombers struck at the entrance of a police station in the city center.

The second attack unfolded in the Shar-e Naw business district near the office of a travel agency that processes visa applications for India.

Their Operation Al Khandaq will target United States forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said on April 25. "Had the police not stopped the attackers they would have caused a disaster", Barmak said.

Pakistan condemned the attacks as "blatant terrorism targeting innocent civilians" in a statement from the country's foreign affairs ministry. Those attacks were claimed by IS.

Violence in Afghanistan has surged since the Taliban launched its annual spring offensive, dubbed as "Al Khandaq", two weeks ago.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban advanced on a district compound, officials said Wednesday, with one reporting the capture of the northern district by the insurgents and another saying heavy fighting was still underway.


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