10 killed, 86 wounded in Taliban attack in Kandahar city

The Taliban and Afghan officials pledged to guarantee the security of public institutions such as schools religious centres mosques and hospitals

The Taliban and Afghan officials pledged to guarantee the security of public institutions such as schools religious centres mosques and hospitals

A vehicle bomb has exploded at one of the gates of police headquarters in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar city, a police official said.

Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor's spokesman, said in a statement that 11 people had been killed, including nine civilians and two police officers, while another 80 - including women and children - were wounded.

Kandahar police at around 7:00 pm said the attack has ended.

Eyewitnesses said following the first explosion, three back-to-back explosions were heard and the gunfight was still going on.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the militants launched the attack at around 4:30 pm local time on Thursday.

Police cordoned off the area as passers-by fled.

Kandahar was the former seat of the Taliban when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until they were ousted by a USA -led coalition in 2001.

The Taliban and the United States resumed peace talks last month, but the militant group continues to step up operations.

Ghazni, Afghanistan: American troops opened fire after an "enemy insider" shot and killed an Afghan commander in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, in yet another deadly Taliban-claimed infiltration.

The attack comes days after the Afghanistan government reported "positive results" from a peace conference between Taliban insurgents and Afghan representatives in Qatar. Qari Yosuf Ahmadi, the militant group spokesman, said in a social media post that many of their fighters wearing suicide vest stormed the police headquarters after the bombing.