Isis claims responsibility for strike on police compound in Kabul

Isis claims responsibility for strike on police compound in Kabul

Photo taken on May 9, 2018 shows a damaged building at a suicide attack site in Shahri Naw area, downtown Kabul, Afghanistan.

At least three suicide bombers attacked two police stations in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing two militiamen, while six people were injured.

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.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

As police cordoned off part of the city's main commercial area, an official from a branch of Afghanistan International Bank reached by telephone said customers were sheltering in the bank premises as gunfire continued in the street outside.

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.

"We are rushing ambulances to the blast site and cordoning off the entire area", said police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai.

He said two police were killed in the attack and two police and a civilian were wounded.

The Taliban's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which came around half an hour after an apparently separate incident in the west of the city. He mentioned the Taliban additionally captured a number of villages close by.

The attacks happened just over a week after twin blasts in Kabul killed 25 people, including AFP chief photographer Shah Marai and eight other journalists.

From a couple of months, Taliban and an ISIL affiliate have carried out a series of massive attacks.

On May 6, at least 14 people were killed and 33 others injured after an explosion at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

But despite repeated government pledges to tighten security, authorities have appeared powerless to stop the periodic attacks that have killed and wounded hundreds of people and undermined confidence in the authorities.

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