Afghan forces end ISIL attack on ministry in Kabul


In Logar Province, just to the south of Kabul, insurgents mounted an early morning attack on Wednesday against the First District Police Headquarters in the provincial seat of Pul-i-Alam, using a suicide vehicle bomb followed by three gunmen, according to Afghan police officials.

Danish said the "attackers were dressed in military uniforms" - apparently seeking to confuse Afghan security forces guarding the ministry. This led to a skirmish, and one of the attackers used an explosive vest in the attack.

Some elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan are showing interest in peace talks, the top United States commander in Kabul said Wednesday, citing "off stage" contacts involving what he described as mid- and high-level leaders of the insurgency.

The myriad attacks in the last 12 months included two of the deadliest in the city since the USA invasion: a truck bomb on May 31, 2017 that killed more than 150 people, and an ambulance bomb in January 27 this year which killed more than 100.

Like Danish, Safi also said the attackers wore military uniforms but could not provide more details.

There was no breach of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation compound, said Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for the coalition in Kabul.

The Afghan Special Forces have rescued 105 people including women from a prison run by the Taliban group in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. "We've seen this in other conflicts ... where the two sides were talking about peace at the same time that they were fighting each other on the battlefield". A suicide vehicle bomb was set off at the gates before three gunmen in suicide vests stormed the compound.

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PD1's police chief is among the dead, Ahmadzai said. Among the wounded were two children, the media reported.

The Taliban claimed the attacks in both provinces.

Another early morning attack struck the capital of Kandahar province, when a suicide auto bomb blast killed three civilians and wounded 13 others, a provincial official told reporters.

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Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand's governor, said they will soon join their families but were still being held by Afghan forces.

The militants traded fire with security force before they were killed within minutes.