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Twin Blasts In Kabul 3 Dead Dozens Injured: Taliban Takes Claim

 2017-03-01 16:25:33.0

Twin Blasts In Kabul 3 Dead Dozens Injured: Taliban Takes Claim

Kabul: Afghan Taliban militants said they attacked police, military intelligence targets in Kabul on Wednesday and security officials confirmed attacks in atleast two areas of the city that killed at least three people and wounded dozens.A massive explosion was heard across the city as a car bomb was detonated near a police headquarters in the west of the city, the interior ministry narrated. The blast was followed immediately after an intense gunfire between the security forces and an unknown number of attackers.

Fighting at the police headquarters, not far from a military training school, lasted for several hours with gunman security forces were conducting checks of the area.

Najib Danesh, a spokesman for the interior ministry , said the attack was suppressed by late afternoon and security forces were conducting checks of the area.

While,a separate attack appeared to have targeted an office of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, the National Directorate for Security (NDS), on the eastern outskirts of Kabul. However a senior official said that attack was quickly suppressed.

"Two terrorists entered a building.One blew himself up and the second was shot by Afghan security forces,"said Adul Nasir Ziaee, commander of 111th corps based in the east of the city.

A spokesman for the Taliban, who sometimes exaggerate the impact of their operations, sent a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks, which he said has caused heavy casualties.

While, an Official from the ministry of public health said atleast three people has been killed and atleast 38 people has been wounded and transferred to hospit6als in the two attacks.

Afghan security forces are battling a resurgent Taliban amid record casualties and mass desertions, as the fighters escalate nationwide attacks even in winter months, when the fighters usually wanes.

Last month a suicide bomber attacked outside the Supreme Court in Kabul killing atleast 20 people. The Islamic State militant group took responsibility for the attack. The Taliban are seeking to expel foreign troops, defeat the U.S.- backed government and reimpose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

The attack on Wednesday came shortly ahead of the period when the Taliban usually announced a spring offensive, and underline warnings from Afghan officials that they faced difficult year. Government forces have struggled to control the insurgency sine NATO-led forces ended its combat mission in 2014. According to U.S. estimates , Afghan government forces now control less than 60 percent of the country although they hold all main provincial centers.


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