A Taliban suicide assault team killed five Afghan policemen in an attack on a police headquarters in the eastern province of Nangarhar today
The suicide assault team targeted the Quick Reaction Force headquarters in the provincial capital of Jalalabad early in the morning.
Three of the Taliban fighters are said to have detonated their vests, while the other four engaged the police for more than an hour before being killed in the firefight.
The pre-dawn attack on a police compound in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan's largest city, came as the country braces for the beginning of the spring fighting season in the 11th year of the war.
One attacker detonated an explosive-laden car at the entrance of the Afghan National Police compound in a bid to let other attackers inside, provincial police chief Amin Sharif said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came during the second day of Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Afghanistan.
Five civilians were also wounded in the assault, which ended shortly after 7 a.m. It was unclear if any forces from the American-led coalition were at the compound at the time.
In a separate attack on Tuesday morning, a vehicle bomb exploded near the entrance of a joint Afghan and coalition base in Jalalabad, coalition officials said. It did not result in any coalition injuries. Afghan officials said they were unaware of the bombing.