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KABUL Attack: Two Blasts, gunfire on security buildings rock Afghan capital

KABUL: Explosions and gunfire echoed through Kabul in two separate Taliban assaults on security buildings Wednesday, officials said, as the insurgents ramp up attacks before the start of their annual spring offensive.

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 the media.

“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.”

The Taliban claimed both attacks.

The Afghan health ministry said 18 wounded people, some of them seriously, had so far been brought to hospitals. More casualties are expected as the ambulances are on their way, ministry official told the media.