KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan followed by clashes between gunmen and security forces, officials and the Taliban said on Sunday.
The death toll was not known but at least 40 people had been injured, said Mohibullah Habib, provincial health director in the city of Pul-e-Khumri.
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A member of the Baghlan provincial council said clashes were ongoing and that it had sought immediate deployment from neighboring provinces.
“Clashes have not stopped,” said Assadullah Shahbaz.
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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Several other Taliban fighters are presently clashing with the Afghan forces,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
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Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, said several Taliban fighters had managed to penetrate the headquarters.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks on security installations, even as they hold direct talks with the U.S. officials to end the war in Afghanistan.
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The Taliban hold sway over more territory than at any point since their ouster at the hands of U.S.-led troops following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Earlier this week the group rejected appeals made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. special...
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