Kabul: A series of huge explosions rocked Kabul on Wednesday followed by gunshots, in the latest attacks on the Afghan capital. The Taliban and IS group claimed responsibility for both the attacks, sources confirmed .
Suicide bombers and gunmen launched coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations on Wednesday, killing at least five people including two police officers, and injuring 16. Security forces are still searching for several assailants as the city braces for more violence, officials said.
Several journalists heard several blasts in the heart of the city that were confirmed by police spokesman Hashmatullah Estanakzai, reports said. “An explosion happened in front of police precinct 13 in west Kabul. We also have reports of small arms fire. A couple of other explosions have also been reported in Shar-e-Naw area of Kabul. We will provide more details later. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks,” Estanakzai told AFP. -Agencies
1st attack: IS claimed the first attack on a police station in a heavily Shiite-populated neighbourhood in the city’s west, police spokesman Hashmatullah Estanakzai told AFP. Four people were killed and nine wounded in that attack
2nd attack: The second attack, claimed by the Taliban, took place in front of a police station in Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in downtown Kabul where special forces were still searching for them. One person was killed and eight wounded in the second attack
Previous attacks by IS in rejection of peace talks
- The attacks came just over a week after twin blasts in Kabul killed 25 people, including AFP chief photographer Shah Marai and eight other journalists. The attacks were claimed by the ISIS
- The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace talks overture by the Afghan government