Taliban claims multiple attacks in Afghan capital

Taliban claims multiple attacks in Afghan capitalAt least person was reportedly killed and 35 others injured in the explosions on different parts of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, the ministry of public health said.

According to the ministry's spokesman, one person was killed in an attack on an office of the main intelligence agency on the city's eastern outskirts, while at least 35 people were wounded in a separate attack on a police office in the west of Kabul.

A suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued, the interior ministry said, in what appeared to be a complex insurgent attack.

Minutes later a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to enter the Afghan intelligence agency in eastern Kabul, the ministry added.

"There were two attacks in Kabul today," ministry spokesman Najibullah Danish told AFP.

"There are casualties from the first attack and we also have reports of gunfights, but at this stage we cannot confirm whether it is a complex attack," he added.

Afghan Taliban militants said they attacked police, military and intelligence targets in Kabul on Wednesday, while security officials confirmed attacks in at least two areas of the city.

Afghan security forces are battling a resurgent Taliban amid record casualties and mass desertions as the insurgents escalate nationwide attacks even in winter months when the fighting usually wanes. The latest attack comes a month after a suicide bomber killed at least 20 people outside the Supreme Court in Kabul.

Repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed and an intense new fighting season is expected to kick off in the spring.
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