Explosion, gunfire reported in Afghan capital Kabul

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Suicide bombers struck Afghan security forces in separate attacks in the capital on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens, officials said.

The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its website.

The official further added that preliminary reports suggest a suicide bomber detonated potent explosives near the Police District compound to open the way for the remaining militants to launch the gun attack.

A second attacker was immediately gunned down by security forces, officials said.

"More casualties are expected as the ambulances are on their way", ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said. Mohammad Saber Nasim, head of a Kabul hospital, said almost 50 wounded were brought to the hospital.

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President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the attacks, saying they were likely conducted to boost morale among Taliban fighters following recent battlefield setbacks.

Afghan police and troops are battling a resurgent Taliban as the insurgents escalate nationwide attacks, even in winter months when the fighting usually wanes.

Meanwhile, the Taliban gained control Wednesday of local government headquarters in a district in northern Baghlan province, after nearly three days of intense battles with Afghan security forces, according to local officials.

01 de marzo de 2017, 14:50Kabul, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) At least six persons died and 40 turned out to be injured after the attacks today in two safety facilities located in this capital, reported official sources Wednesday.

According to him, a police force members was wounded in the attack and was taken to hospital.

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