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Kabul Attacks Death Toll Rises To Seven

Kabul Attacks Death Toll Rises To Seven

Several other attackers were outside the building shooting at police officers.

At least seven people were killed in coordinated attacks on police headquarters in Kabul City on Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health said on Thursday.

One of the blasts took place at the entrance to a police station in the center of the city where a suicide bomber blew himself up in an area near embassies and government offices, an interior ministry official said.

Fighting traditionally picks up in Afghanistan as warmer weather melts snow in mountain passes, allowing insurgents to move around more easily and the Taliban have put security forces under heavy pressure in many areas of the country.

There was a series of loud explosions in the heart of the Afghan capital followed by volleys of gunfire that were confirmed by Afghan officials and witnesses.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A foreign soldier takes position during an attack and gun fire in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blasts.

According to police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai, the first attack began with a blast when two militants equipped with arms and suicide vests targeted a police station in Police District 13 in Dashti Barchi locality at 11.30 a.m, Xinhua news agency reported. "Their internal supporters will be dealt with as a secondary target", the Taliban said.

Earlier this year the top USA commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said protecting Kabul would be the "main effort" after repeated major attacks, including one in January that killed more than 100 people.

On April 22, at least 57 people were killed while more than 100 others injured in an explosion in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul.

Twin suicide bombings claimed by ISIL last week killed at least 25 people, including 10 journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack.

After an easing of violence in Kabul in February and March, terrorists have stepped up attacks in the city in recent weeks. More than a dozen people died and 33 were injured in that attack.