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World Attackers launch coordinated strikes in Afghan capital with bombs, bullets

14:36  09 may  2018
14:36  09 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul

  Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul An explosion hit the Afghan capital of Kabul during the morning rush hour on Monday, but there was no immediate confirmation of its cause or any damage or casualties. The explosion, in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the NDS intelligence service, came a week after a blast killed 60 people at a voter registration center in the west of the city.A Kabul police spokesman confirmed the blast and said it might have been caused by a suicide attack, but there was no confirmation and no immediate claim of responsibility.

The Afghan capital has seen an increase in bombings and other attacks against the security forces and civilians since the Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on April 25.

By Qadir Sediqi, and Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi. KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen set off at least three explosions in the Afghan capital , Kabul, on Wednesday and then battled security forces from buildings they occupied in the latest in a spate of violence to rock the city.

Gunmen set off at least three explosions in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday and then battled security forces from buildings they occupied in the latest in a spate of violence to rock the city.

Five journalists among dozens killed in twin Afghanistan blasts

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KABUL - Gunmen set off at least three explosions in the Afghan capital , Kabul, on Wednesday and then battled security forces from buildings they occupied in the latest in a spate of violence to rock the city.

Gunmen launch coordinated strikes in Afghan capital with bombs , bullets . Kabul: Gunmen set off at least three explosions in the Afghan capital , Kabul, on Wednesday and then battled security forces from buildings they occupied in the latest in a spate of violence to rock the city.

Six wounded were brought into the trauma hospital run by Italian medical aid group Emergency, of whom one was dead on arrival. Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh said the casualty toll was likely to rise once security forces were able to get a clearer picture of the attack.

As police cordoned off part of the city's main commercial area, an official from a branch of Afghanistan International Bank reached by telephone said customers were sheltering in the bank premises as gunfire continued in the street outside.

"We can hear the gun shots and we are waiting inside the bank's safe room until the clashes end," he said.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and the Islamic State that has turned much of Kabul into a high security zone of concrete blast walls and razor wire.

Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

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But despite repeated government pledges to tighten security, hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in attacks in the city since the beginning of the year and authorities have appeared powerless to stop the bloodshed.

Islamic State claimed responsibility of one of the three blasts on its Amaq new agency 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 senior Afghan security official said intelligence services believe the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated to the Taliban which has a long record of urban attacks, was the real organizer of the attack.

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The initial blast on Wednesday hit a police station in western Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi district, at around midday, said police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai.

Security company: Three injured in knife attack at S. Africa mosque

  Security company: Three injured in knife attack at S. Africa mosque Attackers armed with guns and knives slashed the throats of three people, a private security company told AFP. The three attackers escaped in a Hyundai car from the Imam Hussain mosque in Verulam town on the outskirts of Durban.Prem Balram, spokesman for Reaction Unit South Africa, said he had arrived at the mosque to find two victims covered in blood lying in the forecourt of the mosque. He said a third victim had been attacked inside the building."Eyewitnesses said three attackers with guns had used knives to slit the victims' throats. One knife was left behind," Balram said, speaking from the scene.

The Afghan capital has seen an increase in bombings and other attacks against the security forces and civilians since the Taliban announced the Related Articles. Suicide bomber in Kabul kills one, injures six. Ambulance bomb kills 63, wounds 151 in Kabul, say officials. AFP: Huge blast rocks Kabul.

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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.

Najib Danish, spokesman for interior ministry, said gunmen had followed the blasts and fought intense gunbattles with security forces from nearby buildings.

A senior official at the Indian embassy confirmed that one blast took place outside a travel company's office and many security guards were injured.

The Afghan capital has seen an increase in bombings and other attacks against the security forces and civilians since the Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on April 25.

With preparations for elections now underway across much of the country, more attacks are expected.

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.

Wednesday's attack comes just over a week after twin blasts in Kabul killed 26 people including nine journalists on April 30.

(Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began. The blasts exploded among spectators crowded into the stadium at around 11pm (1830 GMT) on Friday evening as they watched the local "Ramadan Cup", the provincial governor's office said.No group has yet claimed the murders but the Taliban said they were not responsible in a WhatsApp message.

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