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Militants kill one, wound five in attack on interior ministry in Kabul
02 June 2018, 12:41 | Tara Lloyd
The Afghan forces have eliminated all the assailants involved in the coordinated attack on the Ministry of Interior compound in Kabul
Officials said Wednesday a suicide bomber struck outside the Interior Ministry in the capital, allowing gunmen to pass through an outer gate where they traded fire with security forces, who eventually killed all the attackers.
Special forces rushed to the scene after the attackers detonated what police said was a auto bomb at the first checkpoint leading to the ministry, then tried to battle their way inside. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said one policeman was killed and five were wounded. All 10 attackers - three suicide bombers and seven gunmen - were killed by security forces, the Interior Ministry confirmed. The Amaq statement did not provide the names or specify the number of attackers.
Police also said they had found a vehicle stuffed with explosives and guns at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport near the interior ministry on Wednesday. In a later tweet, he said there were concerns that an attacker in a US military uniform was on the base and that head counts were underway.
Later Wednesday, the American commander of USA and coalition forces in Afghanistan cast doubt the attack was the work of IS, saying instead there are indications the Taliban-allied Haqqani network was behind it.
About the attack in the Afghan capital, reports Reuters with reference to sources in local police.
Attacks in recent months claimed by either Taliban or Islamic State fighters have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere, demonstrating the Taliban's capability to carry out strikes even in the heart of the country's capital.
"Eight civilians have also been wounded", provincial police spokesman Shapoor Ahmadzai told AFP. The Taliban have threatened to attack voter registration centres.
After pushing out fighters in Farah, Afghan and United States forces continued to pursue them, Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon via video link. He said the victims included mechanics who had been contracted to fix Afghan army vehicles.
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A senior ministry official said one attacker blew himself up inside the compound and another was resisting from a watchtower as a plume of dust and smoke rose over the sprawling site.
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