KABUL — Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen staged two coordinated attacks on Afghan security facilities on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people in the latest strike against high-profile targets in Afghanistan’s capital.
A statement by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group carried out both attacks. The Afghan Health Ministry said at least 16 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the twin assaults.
Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan have been hit by a spate of violence in recent months, although Taliban attacks usually subside in winter. Last month, a suicide blast killed 22 people, including women and children, outside the Supreme Court in Kabul. The Islamic State asserted responsibility for that attack.
On Wednesday, a car rigged with explosives was rammed into the back wall of a police compound in southwestern Kabul, touching off a gun battle that raged for several hours. Police said some of the attackers had barricaded themselves inside the building.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the attack had been quelled at the compound by late afternoon, but at least 14 police officers and one civilian were killed. A spokesman for the Public Health Ministry said at least 43 people were wounded, mostly by shattered glass.
In the second attack, a suicide bomber struck at the gates of an intelligence compound in Kabul’s eastern suburbs, killing one other person and wounding several guards. Armed insurgents tried to enter the facility but were repelled, army officials said.
A man who gave his name as Shahidullah, 20, said he and his friends had been playing cricket nearby. “We escaped from the field and ran for our lives,” he said.