Attackers hit Afghan capital Kabul with bombs, bullets

Attackers hit Afghan capital Kabul with bombs, bullets

Suicide bombers struck two police stations in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least two police men and wounding several other people, officials said.

In the first attack on the Dasht-e Barchi police station in western Kabul, two militants threw hand grenades and blew themselves up, setting the building on fire, Barmak said.

"The target was Shahir Travel Agency but police rescued all 300 employees of the agency", he said, adding that "the four other attackers were killed by police during the clearance operation".

AFP correspondents heard a loud explosion in the late afternoon, which a police source said was caused by a suicide attacker blowing himself up.

At least five people were killed and 16 were wounded in the attacks, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Part of the police station was burnt down by the attackers who were throwing hand-grenades.

The Taliban and Islamic State group each claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.

The attacks in Kabul and the renewed fighting have buried hopes expressed earlier this year that the Taliban may be open to peace negotiations following President Ashraf Ghani's offer in February of talks "without pre-conditions".

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"A suicide bomber detonated his vest at the entrance of the street and a vehicle dropped four other attackers nearby", Barmak said.

Asam, the head of the Kabul ambulance service, who only has one name, said six people have been transferred to hospitals.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban advanced on a district compound, officials said on Wednesday, with one reporting the capture of the northern district by the insurgents and another saying heavy fighting was still underway. Clashes between security forces and militants are continuing in Police District 10 and the Taliban group has reportedly claimed responsibility.

An attack in Kabul on April 22 killed at least 57 people and injured more than 100 others.

The battle for the compound within the Bilchirgh district, within the northern Faryab province, got here a day after the insurgents captured the district compound within the distant Tala wa Barfak district, within the northern Baghlan province. Provincial police spokesman Abdul Karim Yuresh mentioned the preventing continues to be underway and that authorities forces nonetheless maintain the compound.

Hashim says more than 40 government forces retreated.

Since launching its spring offensive, the Taliban also has overrun at least four Afghan districts and threatened several others. The Taliban have captured several districts in different parts of the country from Afghan security forces since 2014, when the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission and shifted to a supporting role.

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