Militants attack Afghan government building in Kabul

Jun 02, 2018, 00:41
Militants attack Afghan government building in Kabul

The attack on the new building of the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan, on the airport road in Kabul, ended after nearly two hours when 10 attackers were killed by government forces, a spokesman for the ministry confirmed.

Danish said the "attackers were dressed in military uniforms" - apparently seeking to confuse Afghan security forces guarding the ministry.

According to police, the attackers used two armored SUV vehicles - one Land Cruiser and a Ford - to get through check points.

WASHINGTON: Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as U.S. forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes.

A local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has also launched a number of deadly attacks in recent months, including in Kabul.

At least 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in a United States artillery strike in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday.

He said it was not the first time that militants had donned USA military uniforms, but that it had "been well over a year since we've seen that".

Along with the strike on Musa Qala, other senior and junior commanders have been killed in a ten-day operation against the Taliban, the U.S. spokesperson said. Critics warn the US -backed Afghan army can not promise to defeat the Taliban or overcome Afghanistan's vast political divisions and entrenched corruption.

"It was 5 in the morning when the Taliban exploded a auto bomb near the First District Police Headquarters and three suicide attackers entered the building", Mr. Ahmadzai said. Three would-be suicide bombers then tried to enter the compound, but were shot and killed by security forces.

Terrorist leaders from six Afghani provinces were also killed in the strike that occurred in the Musa Qala district of Helmand, according to Fox News.

Daesh said it was behind the attack, but provided no immediate evidence for its claim.

The Taliban have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces as well as government officials since the announcement of their spring offensive in April across the country. No one immediately claimed the attack.

The Taliban claimed the attacks in both provinces.

An Afghan official says at least two police officials were killed in suicide-bomb attacks at a police station in eastern Logar province.

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