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Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul police stations: officials

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparent coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations on Wednesday, with officials saying at least one of the assaults is ongoing.
AFP journalists heard a series of loud explosions in the heart of the Afghan capital followed by volleys of gunfire that were confirmed by Afghan officials and witnesses.
In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police station in the west of the city, sparking an intense gunfight between other militants and officers, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.
Ariana TV footage showed a thick plume of black smoke rising into the sky while a photo posted on Twitter purportedly of the west Kabul police station showed a building on fire.
The second attack took place in front of a police station in Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in central Kabul, Danish said.
“Two attackers who tried to enter the police compound were shot dead,” the spokesman added.
The attack on the first police station has ended while the operation at the second is ongoing, Danish said.
An AFP correspondent near the scene of the second attack saw a body on the street by the police station and heard several gunshots. He also saw several terrified women running away from the scene.
A travel agency that handles Indian visa applications is located on the same street as the Shar-e-Naw police station. The Indian embassy and some of its consulates in Afghanistan have previously been targeted by the Taliban.
Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said six civilians wounded in the explosions had been brought to hospitals. He had no further details on casualties.