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Afghan forces end ISIL attack on ministry in Kabul

02 June 2018

At least one policeman and 10 assailants were killed in an attack against building of the Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday, a ministry's spokesman said.

Special forces rushed to the scene after the attackers detonated what police said was a vehicle bomb at the first checkpoint leading to the ministry, then tried to fight their way inside.

Minister of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said there were two explosions at the first gate of the ministry compound and the attackers managed to breach the first checkpoint and engage security forces between the first and second checkpoints. The statement called it an "immersion attack" on the ministry in Kabul.

More than 50 Taliban commanders were killed when the rocket hit the restless Helmand province, as militants from across the country gathered for a meeting, a spokesperson for United States forces in Afghanistan said.

Gunfire and an explosion were heard near the interior ministry building in Kabul today, days after the Taliban vowed to target military and intelligence centres in the Afghan capital. Video footage from the scene showed that the assailants wore what appeared to be imitations of USA military uniforms.

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"The - the senior Taliban leader who was there was the deputy shadow governor of Helmand, and a number of other leaders underneath him", Gen. Nicholson said in response a question.

Later Wednesday, the American commander of USA and coalition forces in Afghanistan cast doubt the attack was the work of IS, saying instead there are indications the Taliban-allied Haqqani network was behind it.

He said the attackers set off a suicide auto bomb at the entrance to the station before three suicide bombers tried to enter.

The violence left at least four security forces members dead, according to officials.

The militants traded fire with security force before they were killed within minutes.

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Unfortunately, three national police and three traffic police were also killed.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said it was a complex attack as fighters attempted to enter the heavily fortified ministry.

Eight civilians were also wounded in the attack, Mr. Ahmadzai said.

He would not identify the figures involved in the negotiations, except to say that they included mid- and senior-level Taliban officials.

Both Taliban and the Islamic States group are active in eastern Afghanistan. "We were told to stay inside our offices as the compound was attacked", said one ministry employee.

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Afghan forces end ISIL attack on ministry in Kabul