Explosions Reported In Kabul, Casualties Feared

Larry Hoffman
May 11, 2018

The first blast was reported at Afghan capital Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi area in PD13 while the second explosion was reported from Qala-e-Fatullah.

During a meeting with India's new ambassador Vinay Kumar in Kabul on Monday, Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said security forces would not spare any efforts to secure the release of the engineers.

In one of the attacks, in the Shar-e Naw neighborhood of downtown Kabul, an unknown number of gunmen attempted to enter the compound housing the Asian Development Bank, an important multinational donor agency for the Afghan government, but were repulsed by guards.

He mentioned two police have been killed within the assault and two police and a civilian have been wounded.

Afghan security personnel inspect at the site of a suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

In the first incident in western Kabul, assailants hurled hand grenades and blew themselves up, setting part of the police station on fire.

He says a separate attack in central Kabul set off fighting that is still underway.

A senior Taliban commander told AFP recently the Kunduz attack had given the militant group a propaganda boost.

Three back-to-back blasts rocked Kabul city on Wednesday.

More than a dozen people died and 33 were injured in that attack.

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. It was unclear who was behind the attacks, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are both active in the province. He said another explosion occurred near a different police station.

The battle for the compound within the Bilchirgh district, within the northern Faryab province, got here a day after the insurgents captured the district compound within the distant Tala wa Barfak district, within the northern Baghlan province.

Yet outside the capital, the Taliban continued to advance on rural district centres and capture local administrative centres.

The Taliban have confirmed in a statement they control the district and say they also killed 10 government forces.

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