Gunmen Strike in Kabul, and More Rural Districts Fall to Taliban

BREAKING: Explosions at police station in major city spark fears of multiple casualties

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

Najib Danish, spokesman for interior ministry, said gunmen had followed the blasts and fought intense gunbattles with security forces from nearby buildings.

During a meeting with India's new ambassador Vinay Kumar in Kabul on Monday, Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said security forces would not spare any efforts to secure the release of the engineers.

Multiple blasts and gunfire on Wednesday rocked Kabul, triggering panic among people in the war-ravaged capital.

At least six injured were shifted to hospital by rescue teams after the attacks. No militant organization has taken a responsibility of the attacks so far.

Afghan security personnel inspect at the site of suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Four attackers fled to a nearby building and were killed after an hours-long search operation by security forces, police spokesman Hashmat Estanikzai told AFP.




An Afghan official says attacks on two police stations in the capital killed five people and wounded another 16.

Several more blasts were also followed by gunfire near the police station in the Shahr-e Now neighborhood, a busy commercial district with several fortified compounds headquartering global aid groups and Afghan government agencies.

Apart from the bomber, no casualties were reported and there was no claim of responsibility.

The Taliban and an Islamic State (IS) affiliate have carried out a series of massive attacks in Kabul in recent months.

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

Despite repeated pledges by the government to tighten security, hundreds of people have been killed and injured in attacks in the city since the beginning of the year.

Three weeks ago, an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a voter registration centre in western Kabul, killing 69 people.

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