Attacks in Afghan capital kill 5, wound 16

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Afghan government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and the Islamic State that has turned much of Kabul into a high security zone.

He confirmed six attackers and two policemen were killed in these assaults.

According to him, the attackers came to the buildings two police stations and began a firefight with Afghan security forces, writes Aljazeera.

The second attack, claimed by the Taliban, took place in front of a police station in Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in downtown Kabul where special forces were still searching for them.

In the first attack, in western Kabul, the attackers hurled hand grenades and blew themselves up, setting part of the station on fire, Barmak said, adding that a third suicide bomber was shot and killed by police.

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

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But despite repeated government pledges to tighten security, authorities have appeared powerless to stop the periodic attacks that have killed and wounded hundreds of people and undermined confidence in the authorities.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the Indians, Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban.

"A suicide bomber detonated his vest at the entrance of the street and a vehicle dropped four other attackers nearby", Barmak said.

Minutes later, two back-to-back explosions went off in Shar-e Naw, the city's main business district, near the office of a travel agency that processes visa applications for India.

"There were about 300 people inside Shaheer travel agency". Twin suicide bombings claimed by IS last week killed at least 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack.

In a briefing Monday to the Afghan parliament, Afghan defense and interior ministers said more than 250 Afghan troops had died in various Taliban attacks across the country in the span of a week. Clashes between security forces and militants are continuing in Police District 10 and the Taliban group has reportedly claimed responsibility.

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Those attacks were claimed by Daesh.

Violence in Afghanistan has surged since the Taliban launched its annual spring offensive, dubbed as "Al Khandaq", two weeks ago.

On April 22, a suicide bomber detonated himself outside a voter registration centre in the city, killing 60 people and wounding more than 100.

The Taliban and Daesh have made clear their intentions to disrupt the parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for October 20.

A foreign soldier takes position during an attack and gun fire in Kabul, Afghanistan May 9, 2018.

But he acknowledged that preventing attacks would be challenging in the sprawling city that is poorly mapped and extremely porous.

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