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Five Taliban suicide bombers attacked on Sunday a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, leaving scores of deaths and injuries, officials announced.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the attack in Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia Province. He added that two other insurgents were killed by police, but a fight with one remaining attacker is ongoing.

In a statement, the Taliban greeted a "patriot soldier who carried out an attack, killing and wounding six American soldiers" without specifying whether this assailant, a member of the armed forces, came from their ranks. The others fought a battle with Afghan special forces that had responded to the attack.

Last week three USA soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in eastern Nangarhar province.

Robert Purtiman, a spokesman for the US -led mission in Afghanistan, said there were no USA or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fatalities.

In Afghanistan, at least seven U.S. troops were injured in a firing by an Afghan soldier at a military base near Mazar-e-Sharif city.

Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since late April when the Taliban launched their annual rebel offensive and intensified attacks across the country.

In a separate statement, a USA official said four US military personnel were wounded. Local journalists say the attack is not over as yet.

The Afghan soldier was killed after appropriate measures were taken.

With President Ashraf Ghani's government locked in internal division and amid weeks of protest by a group of people demanding his administration's resignation over rising unrest, the militants have stepped up and broadened their attacks recently.

An Afghan soldier is alleged to have fired inside a military compound in northern Afghanistan and injured about seven United States troops.

Afghan officials frequently accuse Pakistan of supporting the Taliban and providing sanctuary for the guerrillas on its soil with the hope of maintaining influence in Afghanistan.

Coalition countries, led by the U.S., are considering sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan to help advise and assist Afghan forces struggling against Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

  • Leroy Wright