Kabul: Three suicide attackers attacked a police headquarters close to the Afghan capital Kabul today (Friday), officials said, killing one policeman as concerns rise over security ahead of the presidential polls.
The militants were shot dead when they stormed the police base in Sarobi district, 50 kilometres east of Kabul, after another suicide attacker died when he exploded a vehicle bomb outside the entrance.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the two-hour attack, which occurred in the same district where presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s convoy briefly came under gunfire on Wednesday.
“Today at about 6:20 am, a suicide bomber driving a minivan detonated himself at the entrance gate of the Sarobi police headquarters,” General Mohammad Zahir, Kabul province’s police chief, told AFP.
“Three other terrorists clad in women’s burqas entered the courtyard of the building and started firing and resisting the police and army forces. “As a result of the attack, one officer was killed and three others were wounded.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that they were behind Friday’s attack.
Sarobi, on the main road between Kabul and Jalalabad city, is a volatile district in a region seen as key to protecting the capital.
Afghanistan goes to the polls on April 5 to select a successor to President Hamid Karzai, as some 55,000 US-led combat troops pull out of the country after 13 years of battling the fierce Taliban insurgency.