ISIS claims attack on Afghan Interior Ministry

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports that a senior police official says at least one of the explosions was a auto bomb.

The attack began with an explosion near the entrance gate of the newly-built ministry building in Kabul.

Gunmen dressed as US soldiers set off a vehicle bomb and then tried to shoot their way into the Afghan Interior Ministry before being killed by government forces Wednesday, security officials said.

Nicholson said that by wearing USA military uniforms, militants were trying to confuse security forces and delay their response to the attack.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not provide evidence for their claim. The statement called it an "immersion attack" on the ministry in Kabul.

The vehicles were packed with guns and explosives, police said.

"We ran to escape to the other side of the road", said Safi. It said this, combined with stepped-up Afghan offensives, "further raises the risk of civilian casualties, insider attacks, US casualties, and other conflict-related violence".

He confirmed that attackers were in military uniform.

It wasn't immediately clear how the militants managed to penetrate so close to such a high-security location. The facility that was attacked on Wednesday opened previous year, partly replacing the old ministry in the center of Kabul.

Separately, the US military said Wednesday that more than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed when an artillery rocket system struck a meeting in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on May 24.

Afghanistan was hit by multiple militant attacks across the country Wednesday, as the USA military announced it carried out a successful airstrike targeting top Taliban leaders.

Witnesses said the assailants arrived in an SUV, a type of vehicle mostly used by Afghan authorities and US -led troops in the country. ISIS is an alternative acronym for IS.

A week before that, 60 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the city. Their relentless assaults underscore the struggles that Afghan forces have faced since the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

The militants were also threatening to overrun parts of Takhar province in the country's north this week, claiming to have seized arms and equipment after seizing police checkpoints in the besieged Kwajah Ghar and Dasht-e Qalah districts along the Tajikistan border. He said another three people were wounded in the battle Wednesday.

Both the Taliban and ISIL have stepped up attacks on Kabul, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians in recent months.

Another four policemen and eight civilians, including two children, were wounded in the Logar attack early Wednesday, said Shah Poor Ahmadzai, spokesman for the provincial police chief. "The attackers were not able to enter the ministry".

The Taliban claimed the attack.

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