Afghanistan rocked by deadly attacks after USA airstrike kills Taliban leaders

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid
Suspected Militants Strike Afghan Interior Ministry, Exchange Gunfire With Police
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02 June, 2018

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.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Najib Danish, said according to their initial findings, one police force member was killed, and five others were wounded in the attack.

Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people, majority civilians, during raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province which has been a base for the Islamic State group and other militants, officials said Tuesday. The Amaq statement did not provide the names or specify the number of attackers.

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

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that targeted the Interior Ministry building in Kabul. Video footage from the scene showed that the assailants wore what appeared to be imitations of USA military uniforms.

The spokesman, Abdul Qadeir Bahadorzai, says Thursday's operation took place in the district of Kajaki and freed 103 people held in two prisons there run by the Taliban.

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The Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014.

Last month, for example, more than two dozen people were killed by suicide bomber attacks in Kabul.

All of the suspected Taliban fighters were killed or captured after they attempted to enter the government compound wearing outdated U.S. Army uniforms and driving a stolen Humvee.

But on April 25, the Taliban announced their offensive and since then, the violence has increased, but still stands at a level that's 10 percent to 20 percent below the five-year average, he said.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have stepped up their attacks on Kabul, making the capital the deadliest place in the country for civilians in recent months. He said all coalition troops had been accounted for after the attack.

Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the slain policemen included the commander of the police station, another officer, and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital. It is unclear who carried out the attack, though the southern province is the Taliban's historic heartland.


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