Taliban 'talking and fighting,' says U.S. commander in Afghanistan

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid

Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the interior ministry in Kabul Wednesday, killing one policeman and wounding at least five people, days after the Taliban vowed to target the Afghan capital.

Gunmen in Kabul, the capital, attacked the heavily fortified Interior Ministry, battling security forces for more than two hours before the assault was suppressed.

Azem added that four others, three policemen and a civilian, were wounded in that attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the first checkpoint of the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in Kabul before gunmen exchanged fire with the security forces, officials say. The Amaq statement did not provide the names or specify the number of attackers.

Later reports, however, said the attackers were wearing USA military uniforms, and were likely members of the Taliban. But, he noted, the Afghan forces responded as they should have on Wednesday.

U.S. Army General John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, walks with Afghan officials during an official visit in Farah province, Afghanistan May 19, 2018.

Fox also reported that 20 more Taliban leaders were killed in airstrikes this month by drones and Air Force A-10 Warthog jets, forces that form part of a ramped up presence around Kandahar. The group views the Afghan government as weak, divided and unable to make decisions on big issues, including the full withdrawal of US/Nato forces, releasing their prisoners and the removal of Taliban officials' names from sanctions lists.

Meanwhile, also in Helmand, a district governor says a suicide vehicle bomber wounded six people, including three policemen, on Thursday morning.

The May 24 rocket artillery attack in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province was announced by the US military last week, but without a public estimate of the numbers killed.

All the attackers were killed by security forces after a almost two-hour assault.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State. He said all coalition troops had been accounted for after the attack.

In the northern province of Takhar, Taliban fighters in the Dasht-e Qala district centre captured the governor's compound and police headquarters on Wednesday but heavy fighting was continuing, police spokesman Khalil Aseer said.

The Taliban claimed the attacks in both provinces.

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