ISIS claims attack on Afghan Interior Ministry

02 June, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Kim Reid
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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. That facility was attacked in February by suicide bombers in ambulances who killed more than 100 people, many of them police officers.

The Ministry of Interior moved to the new building a year ago - a building which is close to main military bases including the Ministry of Defense and the National Directorate of Security as well as the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The firefight ended by 3 p.m., he said, and all the gunmen had been killed.

The US, meanwhile, confirmed strikes against the insurgents in Helmand province with "more than 50 casualties".

A series of deadly attacks in Kabul this year have killed and wounded hundreds of people.

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"The initial information found that a suicide bomber detonated his explosive jacket in the front gate of the compound". Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says one policeman was killed and another five were wounded.

The US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John Nicholson, said the talks also involved foreign governments and worldwide organisations. Video footage from the scene showed that the assailants wore what appeared to be imitations of US military uniforms.

"It's certainly a notable strike", Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell said, according to Reuters. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Counterterrorism is the other key mission in Afghanistan, and the top two targets remain the Islamic State-Khorasan Province and al-Qaida, the commander said, noting that while the Islamic State aspires to spread around the country, it is geographically limited to Jowzjan, Nangarhar and Kunar. Among the wounded were two children, the media reported.

Islamic State has claimed many attacks in Kabul but Afgahn security officials doubt the claims and say numerous attacks are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban which has proven expertise in mounting urban attacks.

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He said the attackers set off a suicide vehicle bomb at the entrance to the station before three suicide bombers tried to enter.

The Taliban claimed the attack.

"The fighting is over, the attackers have all been killed by security forces between the first and second security perimeter", Kabul police chief Daud Amin said.

Under surveillance by the Marines, the Taliban fighters returned to their Helmand stronghold, a center for poppy cultivation.

A half-hour gun battle raged between the militants inside the police station and police, killing security forces and civilians.

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The cell also had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 ISIS attacks on Paris that killed 130 people. The country's federal crisis centre said there was "absolutely no confirmation yet that the incident is terror-related".

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