Taliban Storm Afghan Police Compound, Kill Five Police

Danish put the toll at two police killed and five wounded, but doctors at the city hospital said at least five were killed and 30 people wounded, including 20 civilians.

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said.

An Afghan soldier shot and injured seven US soldiers in an apparent inside attack at a military base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military official said.

The Taliban did not directly claim the attack but described the soldier, who was killed, as a "patriot".

At least one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, the official said.

Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the group, claimed to have killed "scores of security personnel" in this attack. The attacker opened the way for other insurgents to penetrate the headquarters' territory.

Such "indoor" attacks, in which Afghan soldiers or policemen return their weapons against members of the worldwide coalition responsible for them, is a recurring nightmare for Western forces in Afghanistan.

About sixty soldiers were killed on their bases, mostly at night, in the southern province of Kandahar alone around the end of May.

A Taliban attack on a police headquarters in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan has left at least five policemen dead and 25 more people injured, according to media reports. U.S. soldiers have been wounded. Tabasim said one of the attackers detonated his suicide vest inside the compound.

Sunday's attack came a day after an Afghan commando fired on USA troops, wounding seven American soldiers.

It comes as Washington is expected to announce an increase in the U.S. military deployment in the country to bolster Afghan forces who are struggling to contain the Taliban's nationwide offensive.

Since they launched their spring offensive in late April, the Taliban have been mounting lethal assaults on positions of the Afghan army and police, who have lost several dozen men in recent weeks. They mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.

  • Rogelio Becker