Attacks in Afghan capital kill 5, wound 16

Attacks in Afghan capital kill 5, wound 16

Attacks in Afghan capital kill 5, wound 16

An AFP correspondent near the scene of the second attack saw a body on the street by the police station and heard several gunshots.

Afghan authorities said heavily armed suicide bombers assaulted two police stations Wednesday in Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding 23 others.

Shortly before the twin explosions in Shar-e Naw, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in the western Kabul district of Dasht-e Barchi and gunmen followed up, fighting security forces for several hours.

Government troops cordoned off the area shortly after the blasts, keeping people from gathering at the sites.

And at least 29 people died after two explosions in the country's capital April 30.

At least six injured were shifted to hospital by rescue teams after the attacks. Clashes between security forces and militants are continuing in Police District 10 and the Taliban group has reportedly claimed responsibility.

A foreign soldier takes position during an attack and gun fire in Kabul.

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Mohammad Hashim, a member of parliament from Faryab province, said the Taliban captured the district headquarters in Bilchirgh early Wednesday after more than 40 security forces retreated under heavy fire. He says there was sporadic gunfire after the blast, as a "cleanup operation" is underway.

According to police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai, the first attack began with a blast when two militants equipped with arms and suicide vests targeted a police station in Police District 13 in Dashti Barchi locality at 11.30 a.m, Xinhua news agency reported.

There was been no claim of responsibility.

At least two officers were killed and half a dozen civilians were wounded in the attacks, one of which was ongoing, police and health officials said, as the city braces for more violence in the coming days.

The Taliban also seized weapons and armoured vehicles.

Interior Minister Wais Barmak said that "special forces were trying to bring the situation under control".

A senior official at the Indian embassy confirmed that one blast took place outside a travel company's office and many security guards were injured.

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