In Kabul attacked police stations

Explosions Rock Kabul, Gunfire Reported

Danesh said he could only confirm that two people had been hospitalized with injuries resulting from the attacks. Among the dead were two RFE/RL journalists and a trainee.

A senior Afghan security official said intelligence services believe the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated to the Taliban which has a long record of urban attacks, was the real organiser of the attack.

The second attack happened in front of police precinct 10 in Shar-e-Naw in central Kabul.

Police said one blast was near a police station in the centre of the city and casualties were feared.

IS claimed the first attack on a police station in a heavily Shia-populated neighbourhood in the city's west, which interior minister Wais Barmak said ended after roughly an hour. Danish confirmed at least two suicide bombers targeted the station.

Three bomb blasts at two different location ripped through Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday followed by a gun battle between forces and assailants, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in the country during recent weeks.

Afghan security personnel inspect at the site of suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. He said there was sporadic gunfire after the blast, as a "cleanup operation" was carried out. After that, the area of the attack shots were heard, causing the security forces began in the area of clearing.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and the ISIL group that has turned much of Kabul into a high-security zone of concrete blast walls and razor wire.

As noted, according to the police, one explosion was near a police station in the city centre.

Mohammad Hashim, a member of parliament from the northern Faryab province, says the insurgents early Wednesday seized the compound in Bilchirgh district. "Their internal supporters will be dealt with as a secondary target", the Taliban said.

In rural Afghanistan, two more districts in separate northern provinces fell to Taliban control on Tuesday.

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