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Blast, gunfire kill 5 people in Kabul

Blast, gunfire kill 5 people in Kabul

After an easing of attacks in Kabul in February and March, Taliban and Daesh have stepped up assaults in the city in recent weeks.

Wednesday, may 9, in Afghan capital (Kabul), a series of explosions injured at least 6 people.

In that attack, he says a suicide bomber struck at the entrance to a police station.

Meanwhile, Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Shahr-e-Naw. But Afghanistan's intelligence agency blamed the Taliban's Haqqani Network and Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for both incidents.

Daesh militants claimed the attack on Police Station 13 via a statement on their Amaq propaganda site.

Public Well being Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh mentioned a complete of seven folks have been killed and 17 wounded within the assaults.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack but many officials doubt the group, which has its stronghold in a remote eastern border region of Nangarhar province, has the capacity to mount such complex attacks.

A third suicide bomber was shot dead by police, Barmak added.

Minutes later, two back-to-back explosions went off in Shar-e Naw, the city's main business district, near the office of a travel agency that processes visa applications for India. The Indian embassy and some of its consulates in Afghanistan have previously been targeted by the Taliban. "Such blatant terrorism targeting innocent civilians and disrupting way of life has no justification whatsoever", it said, reiterating that Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible counterterrorism cooperation to Afghanistan. "Right after that, they killed another person in the area and then one of the attackers entered in the building and detonated his explosives". Those attacks were claimed by IS.

The Taliban recently launched their annual spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace talks overture by the Afghan government.

Fighting traditionally picks up in Afghanistan as warmer weather melts snow in mountain passes, allowing insurgents to move around more easily and the Taliban have put security forces under heavy pressure in many areas of the country.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban advanced on a district compound, officials said Wednesday, with one reporting the capture of the northern district by the insurgents and another saying heavy fighting was still underway.

Kabul has always been one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.

A police source told AFP the blast in the afternoon was caused by an attacker blowing himself up.

The Taliban and Daesh have made clear their intentions to disrupt the parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for October 20.

But he acknowledged that preventing attacks would be challenging in the sprawling city that is poorly mapped and extremely porous.


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