Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul kill 16
A suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued after another attacker snuck in.
16 people were killed on Wednesday when Tiban carried out 2 simultaneous suicide attacks on 2 security compounds in Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to a report in Agence France-Presse, dozens of people were also injured as explosions and gunfire echoed through the capital city, in a day of carnage that underscores rising insecurity in Afghanistan over the resurgent Taliban.
The report, quoting security officials, said a suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued after another attacker snuck in.
The second attack happened when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of an Afghan intelligence agency branch in eastern Kabul while another assailant was gunned down while trying to enter the compound, officials added.
Health ministry spokesperson Waheed Majroh told news agency: "Fifteen people were killed in the attack on the police compound, with 43 others wounded."
On person was killed and another injured in the second attack, Majroh said. The Taliban claimed both assaults, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid calling them "martyrdom attacks" in a Twitter message.
The attacks come ahead of what is expected to be an intense new Taliban fighting season in the spring as the government's repeated bids to launch peace negotiations have failed.
In a statement condemning the attack, President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban were "launching such attacks to raise the morale of their fighters" after the recent killing of insurgent commander Mullah Salam.
Salam, who twice oversaw the capture of the strategic northern city of Kunduz, was killed on Sunday in a US air strike in a blow to the militant group.