10 killed, 86 wounded in Taliban attack in Kandahar city

Afghan security personnel search passengers at a highway checkpoint in Ghazni capital of the restive Ghazi province

Afghan security personnel search passengers at a highway checkpoint in Ghazni capital of the restive Ghazi province

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.

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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.

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