Insurgents hit police facility in Afghan capital

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 2:34 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police say Taliban insurgents wearing suicide vests have attacked the Kabul traffic police headquarters.

Eyewitnesses heard numerous explosions and a still-raging gun battle two hours later.

A police officer says at least one insurgent blew himself up at the entrance to the compound and a number of others wearing suicide vests entered the building before dawn Monday Another police officer says at least three attackers entered the building and two were killed, possibly by detonating their vests. The officer, who could not be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, says a gun battle is taking place inside the three-story building.

A Taliban spokesman has claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to The Associated Press.

Traffic police headquarters is located on a square leading to the Afghan parliament and is next to the Kabul zoo. It is also next to the Afghan border police headquarters.

It's the second insurgent attack inside Kabul in less than a week.

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