Afghanistan: coordinated attacks on police stations in Kabul

Ⓒ AFP – USMAN SHARIFI – | Residents on the scene of an attack in the Shar-e-Naw neighborhood, central Kabul, May 9, 2018 in Afghanistan

Several attacks on two apparently coordinated police stations rocked Kabul Wednesday, a week after a double suicide bombing that killed at least 25 people in the capital.

AFP journalists have heard several explosions in the city center. They have been confirmed without further precision in the immediate future by security officials and witnesses.

In a first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police station in the west of the city, before an exchange of heavy fire between other attackers and police officers, AFP told AFP. of the Ministry of Interior Najib Danish.

Images from the Ariana TV channel showed a thick plume of black smoke rising to the sky. A photo posted by a Twitter user shows a burning building, billed as one of the affected police stations.

“The second attack occurred in front of police station number 10, Shar-e-Naw, in central Kabul,” the spokesman said. “Two attackers who tried to enter the compound were shot.”

An AFP correspondent who was near the site of the second attack saw a body in the street and heard several gunshots. He also saw several terrified women leaving the scene running.

Ⓒ AFP – Laurence CHU – | afghanistan

The two assaults are still ongoing, according to witnesses speaking on social networks.

According to Ministry of Health spokesman Waheed Majroh, six wounded people were evacuated to hospitals in Kabul. No other assessment was available immediately.

No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attacks, which occurred just over a week after a double suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 25 people, including AFP chief photographer Shah Marai and eight others. other journalists.

This latest attack was claimed by ISIS.

– Spring Offensive –

The Taliban recently launched its spring offensive, stepping up assaults on Afghan security forces, akin to a tacit rejection of a recent offer of peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani.

This offensive, dubbed Al Khandaq, aims to “crush, kill and capture the American invaders and their supporters,” the insurgents said late April.

After a relative decrease in violence in Kabul in February and March, extremists have increased the number of assaults.

On Sunday, April 22, another suicide attack on an electoral registration center killed nearly 60 people and injured 20 others.

Both Taliban and IS have indicated that they would seek to disrupt the electoral process as much as possible, ahead of elections on 20 October. On Sunday, a bomb blast at another Khost registration center in the east also left at least 13 dead and 33 wounded.

The Afghan capital has become, according to the UN, the most dangerous place in the country for civilians, with a year-long resurgence of massive attacks, usually perpetrated by suicide bombers and claimed by the Taliban or the State group. Islamic.

Thus, deliberate attacks on civilians have twice as many victims in the first three months of 2018 – 763 killed, 1,495 injured – as for the same period of 2017.

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