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An attack on Afghanistan's Interior Ministry in Kabul has been repelled with one policeman and all of the attackers being killed in the latest in a series of militant attacks in the city.

A spokesman for the ministry said 10 attackers were also killed in the incident.

Minister of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said there were two explosions at the first gate of the ministry compound and the attackers managed to breach the first checkpoint and engage security forces between the first and second checkpoints. The Amaq statement did not provide the names or specify the number of attackers.

Meanwhile, the US military announced Wednesday that an artillery strike killed more than 50 senior Taliban commanders in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. "Within 24 hours of the attack, these Afghan forces, supported by the Afghan air force, and enabled by the United States, drove the enemy out of the city and into surrounding districts, where they pursued them for a week", Nicholson said. In a later tweet, he said there were concerns that an attacker in a US military uniform was on the base and that head counts were underway.

The South Asia policy brought additional firepower and authorities, he said, noting that the Taliban have sought to avoid attacks by air, and have targeted more remote district centers. The group views the Afghan government as weak, divided and unable to make decisions on big issues, including the full withdrawal of US/Nato forces, releasing their prisoners and the removal of Taliban officials' names from sanctions lists.

Last month, for example, more than two dozen people were killed by suicide bomber attacks in Kabul.

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Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the slain policemen included the commander of the police station, another officer, and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital. He said both bombers were identified, shot and killed by forces.

An Afghan military spokesman says elite commando units have freed dozens of prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an early morning operation in southern Helmand province.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.

"We broke their dream so that they will never try to attack military installations particularly the minister of interior", Danish said. The Taliban have threatened to attack voter registration centres.

Sources have said National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives were prevented by police force members from entering the area to help end the attack.

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