Afghanistan rocked by deadly attacks after USA airstrike kills Taliban leaders

31 May, 2018, 20:07 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The Afghan forces have eliminated all the assailants involved in the coordinated attack on the Ministry of Interior compound in Kabul

Using more aggressive US military action as an impetus for real peace talks is a delicate balancing act that Gen. Miller has mastered in his years working and fighting in Afghanistan, Mr. Sedney said.

"The explosion happened very close to the building, and the fighters were attempting to go inside,"Najib Danish, interior ministry spokesman, told Al Jazeera."The assault is over now, and a search operation is under way".

The suicide bombers then tried to gatecrash the compound, but were shot and killed by security forces; the response by security forces is being lauded on a wide scale.

IS claimed responsibility just hours after the noon attack in Kabul.

Islamic State has claimed many attacks in Kabul but Afghan 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. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says one policeman was killed and another five were wounded.

Officials inside the ministry said the attackers could not breach key buildings as they are located far from the main entrance and there is a wide flat space inside the compound, helping Afghan forces to subdue the attack quickly.

Afghan officials have said recently that their forces were battling militants in at least half of the country's 34 provinces and that at least seven provincial capitals were under threat.

More than 50 Taliban leaders were killed by an artillery strike last week as they gathered for a meeting in southern Afghanistan, according to the United States military.

Wednesday's attack came hours after Taliban suicide bombers stormed a police station in Logar province south of Kabul, where three officers were killed.

Afghan security forces patrol, after recapturing control of the city from Taliban militants, in Farah.

"There are very high blast walls around the compound to protect it from attacks". Both the ISIS affiliate and the Taliban have launched several attacks in Kabul in recent months, killing hundreds of people.

A auto bomb was detonated at the entrance of the ministry to launch the attack and then several gunmen managed to get inside the compound, said a senior police official.

Among the dead were the commander of the police station and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital, Puli Alim, said Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

He would not identify the figures involved in the negotiations, except to say that they included mid- and senior-level Taliban officials.

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



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