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The area around the Afghan Interior Ministry was rocked by several loud explosions and gunfire on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks in Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says one policeman was killed and another five were wounded.

Meanwhile, also in Helmand, a district governor says a suicide auto bomber wounded six people, including three policemen, on Thursday morning.

Gunmen dressed as US soldiers set off a vehicle bomb and then tried to shoot their way into the Afghan Interior Ministry before being killed by government forces Wednesday, security officials said.

Shahpoor Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said three attackers who sought to enter the police station in the early morning hours triggered a three-hour gunbattle that ended when all three were killed.

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The myriad attacks in the last 12 months included two of the deadliest in the city since the United States invasion: a truck bomb on May 31, 2017 that killed more than 150 people, and an ambulance bomb in January 27 this year which killed more than 100. It said this, combined with stepped-up Afghan offensives, "further raises the risk of civilian casualties, insider attacks, USA casualties, and other conflict-related violence".

The special-forces operation comes as attacks on Afghan security forces, district centers, and provincial capitals have increased since the announcement of the Taliban's annual spring offensive in April.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand's governor, said they will soon join their families but were still being held by Afghan forces. Both groups have also expanded their footprint in the countryside.

Using more aggressive US military action as an impetus for real peace talks is a delicate balancing act that Gen. Miller has mastered in his years working and fighting in Afghanistan, Mr. Sedney said.

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Security personnel arrive at the site of an attack in the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said it was a complex attack as fighters attempted to enter the heavily fortified ministry. "The police easily, in 10 or 15 minutes, killed all three of them".

"The attackers had long hair and started shooting at police force members", said Mohammad Salim, a police soldier. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

There have also been numerous attacks on government buildings and at police checkpoints. No one immediately claimed the attack.

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