A suicide bomber exploded his automobile outdoors a constructing housing the federal government’s division for martyrs and disabled individuals on Monday moments earlier than gunmen stormed the constructing armed with computerized rifles and explosive devises, Kabul police chief spokesman Basir Mujahid stated.

Six folks have been reported injured and a police officer has been killed within the assault, stated Mujahid. Three of the gunmen have been killed in a shootout with police. The assault occurred as staff have been making ready to depart for the day, stated Mujahid.

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Deputy Inside Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi stated 200 staff have been evacuated and are protected, however a number of different staff have been nonetheless trapped contained in the constructing. Rahimi couldn’t say what number of gunmen remained contained in the constructing.

Police have cordoned off the world within the east of the capital Kabul as they attempt to achieve management of the state of affairs. Kabul police spokesman, Mujahid stated closely armed police are going flooring to flooring looking the constructing to seek out the remaining gunmen. He stated they obtained a cellphone name from staff, who have been nonetheless trapped contained in the constructing. They seemed to be calling from a protected place. They have been informed to attend till they obtain phrase from police that it’s protected to depart. In the meantime the sound of gunfire had stopped as darkness settled on the capital, stated Mujahid.

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A number of residence buildings in addition to a authorities public works division constructing are situated in the identical japanese Kabul neighborhood the place the assault occurred. Eyewitnesses reported {that a} portion of the federal government constructing was in flames and a number of other smaller explosions have been heard amid the continuing gunbattle.

Nobody claimed duty however each the Taliban and the native Islamic State affiliate have carried out brazen daytime assaults within the capital.

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