At least six people were injured in four back-to-back suicide bombings in Kabul on Wednesday, the country’s Health Ministry said, as clashes with militants continued in the two areas hit by the blasts.
Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh said the injured were from both Kabul incidents, and had been taken to hospital.
According to Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, two suicide bombers blew themselves up around 11:30 am (0700 GMT) in front of a police station in Kabul’s western neighbourhood.
He said Afghan Special Forces had reached the area and were fighting against more combatants there, with pictures on social media showing part of the station on fire.
The second pair of blasts took place near the gate of the main police station for the area of Shar-e Naw, Danish said.
Danish said that some militants had started shooting at the police station and other targets.
“Our Special Forces have cordoned off the location and are trying to rescue people that have been barricaded inside the buildings,” Danish said.
The Afghanistan International Bank, Etisalat telecommunications company, the police station, and several others private organizations are located in the area.
One bank employee who wanted to remain anonymous said they could hear gunfire and were inside safe rooms within the bank.
Another resident in Shar-e Naw, Mirzahussain Sadid, said he and his friends were locked inside a building near the site of the attack. Sadid added that the blast broke the windows of the building.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.
The consecutive suicide bombings and attacks are the ninth major attack in Kabul since January.
A twin bombing in Kabul on 30 April killed 25 people including nine journalists.