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Kabul is in disarray after several explosions on Wednesday shook the Afghan capital, including two suspected suicide bombers in police stations.
The Home Office confirmed to Reuters that suicide bombers have attacked a police station in Shar-e-Naw Central Kabul – an area near foreign embassies and government offices
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the ministry, said that sporadic shooting was exchanged at the construction site as part of a "clean – up"
The first explosion took place around noon. Near a police station in Dasht district – e – Barchi in western Kabul, an area where many people live in the predominantly Shiite Hazara community, said police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai
The explosions came in rapid succession of coordinated militant assaults.
A journalist shared a gruesome image of a WhatsApp reporter group showing a suicide bomber detonating its explosive but only killing itself.
Reporters said they heard ambulances rushing to the target police stations, but it was unclear how many losses resulted from the attacks.
No one has taken responsibility immediately, but the sectarian nature of the Derht-e-Barchi attack suggests that the Islamic State may have carried it out, as the group sees Shiites as a worthy heretic.
Afghanistan has seen a boom in suicide bombings in recent months – many claimed by the Islamic State and the Taliban
Blasts just nine days after a series of attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 30 people, including 10 journalists.
Also in April, a suicide bomber hit an election center in the capital, killing at least 57 people. The Islamic State took responsibility for this attack.
In another attack in March, IS took responsibility for a suicide attack on a police checkpoint in Kabul that injured nine people.
Associated Press quotes officials on Wednesday The Taliban cracked down on a district in Faryab province, with one reporting that their fighters had conquered the region while another said fighting would continue.
"The Taliban have captured several districts in various parts of the country by Afghan security forces since 2014, when the US and NATO formally completed their combat mission and changed to a supporting role," says the AP.