Earlier Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops
At least five policemen were killed and nine others injured when Taliban stormed police headquarters at Gardez city in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan early Sunday morning. However, Reuters claimed that dozens were killed or wounded when five suicide bombers attacked the police headquarters.
According to local Tolo News at least one of the attackers was a suicide bomber and detonated his car parked near the parking area at the police headquarters. Two attackers were killed when they entered the compound. Two others were still clashing with the security forces. The attack began at 6.30 am while this statement was issued at 10 am on Sunday.
Earlier Najib Danish, spokesman of the Interior Ministry confirmed the attack and spoke about five attackers, one suicide bomber and four others.
Abdullah Hasrat, spokesman of the provincial governor has said that one of the explosions was so strong that shattered window panes up to two kilometers from the attack site.
Officials said commandos and Special Forces have been deployed in the area. There are reports of extensive damage to the police compound by the suicide explosion. A large number of ambulances were seen at the site.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media based in Kabul.
Earlier on Saturday, seven US soldiers were injured at Afghan National Army Corps headquarters known as Camp Shaheen in Balkh when an Afghan soldier opened fire on foreign troops. Balkh is situated in Mazar-e-Sharif province, some 540 km northwest of Kabul.
NATO spokesperson confirmed that there were no deaths among the members of the mission or US troops.
Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, has said that the attacker was shot dead by foreign forces. Taliban had attacked this base in April killing 135 people and injuring 64.
Kabul has witnessed deadly suicide attack, on June 2, in diplomatic enclave in the capital killing more than 90 people and injuring 400. In another incident, on June 6, a rocket was crashed into the tennis court of Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra’s house in Kabul.