Afghan forces repel Islamic State attack at Kabul ministry

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber struck outside the Interior Ministry, allowing gunmen to pass through an outer gate where they traded fire with security forces, who eventually killed all the attackers.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Najib Danish, said according to their initial findings, one police force member was killed, and five others were wounded in the attack.

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

At least one policeman and 10 assailants were killed in an attack on the compound of the Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday, a ministry's spokesman said. The Amaq statement did not provide the names or specify the number of attackers.

The top USA commander in Afghanistan played down a spate of recent Taliban attacks on Wednesday, saying violence levels were still lower than average as some insurgents talked peace - a situation he described as "talking and fighting". Sources also said police have not handed over the armored vehicles, used by the attackers, to the NDS for investigation.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kabul province and in Samangan.

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.

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During the period of violence, the Afghan National Defense and security forces defeated more than 80 percent of the enemy attacks on district centers, meaning the Taliban failed to achieve their target goals, the general noted.

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.

Daesh said it was behind the attack, but provided no immediate evidence for its claim.

Both groups have also expanded their footprint in the countryside.

The Ministry of Interior moved to the new building a year ago - a building which is close to main military bases including the Ministry of Defense and the National Directorate of Security as well as the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

In the southern city of Kandahar, a roadside bomb killed three people and wounded another 13, said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor.