Multiple blasts rock Afghan capital Kabul

Multiple blasts rock Afghan capital Kabul

Multiple blasts rock Afghan capital Kabul

According to police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai, 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. local time.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

At least two people are reportedly dead and at least six injured Wednesday after multiple explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan. Following this blast, gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel at other places, which looked like a well-coordinated attack.

Fighting traditionally picks up in Afghanistan as warmer weather melts snow in mountain passes, allowing insurgents to move around more easily and the Taliban have put security forces under heavy pressure in many areas of the country.

Zabihullah Mujahed, Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack on Police Station 10 in a tweet.

Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said a total of eight suicide bombers took part in the attacks, one of which was claimed by Daesh group and the other by the Taliban.

The Associated Press on Wednesday quotes officials as saying the Taliban advanced on a district compound in Faryab province, with one reporting that its fighters had captured the region, while another said fighting was ongoing.

Following the first blast, Danish said, two explosions occurred close to PD10 Police Headquarters' compound in Shahr-e-Naw area, in downtown Kabul. This was the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Mohammad Hashim, a member of parliament from the northern Faryab province, says the insurgents early Wednesday seized the compound in Bilchirgh district. The Taliban have captured several districts in different parts of the country from Afghan security forces since 2014, when the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission and shifted to a supporting role.

A senior Afghan security official said intelligence services believe the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated to the Taliban which has a long record of urban attacks, was the real organiser of the attack.

One of the bombings was claimed by ISIS and the other by the Taliban.

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