At least five policemen were killed and nine others wounded when Taliban insurgents stormed police headquarters in Gardez city in Paktia early Sunday morning, local officials confirmed.
At least one of the attackers was a suicide bomber and detonated his explosives near the parking area at the police headquarters.
The attack was launched at about 6:30 am local time in the provincial capital and by 10am it was still ongoing.
“One of the attackers detonated his explosives close to the parking area so as to open the way for the others. Two were killed when they entered (the compound),” an official said.
“Two other attackers are still clashing with security forces,” the official added.
Officials said commandos and special forces have been deployed to the area from 203 Tander Military Corps.
TOLOnews reporter, Abdulhaq Omeri said the first suicide attack caused extensive damage to the police compound and that a number of ambulances have been seen at the scene.
In the meantime, officials from the government hospital confirmed that over 20 civilians were also wounded in the attack and have been admitted.
“The civilians, living close to the compound, were wounded after windows in their houses shattered,” a health official said.
The Taliban claimed responsibly for the attack.