Kabul- A group of terrorists have carried out a coordinated attack on the compound of the Ministry of Interior in Kabul city at around noon time today. A suicide bomber initially blew himself near the entrance gate of the ministry compound to allow the remaining terrorists intrude inside the ministry. The attack sparked heavy clashes that lasted for almost two hours before the assailants were shot dead by the security forces. The Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said the attack was carried out by a group of at least ten terrorists and all of them have been killed during the clashes with the security forces. Danish had earlier said that one guard of the ministry was wounded in the first blast near the entrance gate. However, another security source has said that the attack has left at least nine people dead or wounded. The assault comes as the Taliban and a local affiliate of the IS group have launched a number of attacks in the Afghan capital in recent months, killing hundreds of people. Also on May 30, officials said at least three Afghan police officers were killed after a group of suicide bombers attacked a police station in the eastern province of Logar. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group was responsible for the attack, which took place in the province’s capital, Pol-e Alam. It comes days after the Taliban’s warning of terrorist attacks on security institutions in the capital as part of their spring offensive. Moreover, the terrorist attack has been carried out on capital at a time when a high-ranking Afghan delegation made a visit to Islamabad and the Indian Deputy National Security Adviser landed in Kabul where he pledged India’s support to Afghanistan in fight against terrorism and establishing lasting peace and stability in the region. Prior to this, a number of terrorist attacks were launched in Kabul, Paktia and Kandahar after an official visit by the Indian NSA Ajit Doval after the security conference held in Herat province. Commenting on the meeting held between Afghanistan and Pakistan’s high-ranking civil and military leadership in Islamabad, the US former Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said to preclude more pressure and reduce its isolation, Pakistan has signaled it will help start a peace process. Khalilzad added this is a tactical move by Pakistan, not strategic change. “Pakistan continues to push war and violence,” Khalilzad claimed.

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