Afghan police: Grenade thrown at police office

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2011 12:13 PM
Afghan police: Grenade thrown at police office

Assailants threw a hand grenade at a police station in the Afghan capital on Friday, triggering an explosion and a gunbattle with police.

Police fired on the attackers but they escaped, said Sardar Mohammad, a police officer at the scene in western Kabul. No one was injured, said the capital's police chief, Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi. He said reports that attackers got inside the police station were inaccurate.

The gunfire damaged nearby houses.

"The glass is broken," said Abdul Salam, 70, who lives across from the police station. "See, there were five bullets," Salam said, showing an Associated Press reporter damage to his home.

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An Afghan National Police quick reaction force responded to the scene as well as troops from the NATO international military coalition.

The most recent major attack in Kabul occurred on Dec. 6 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite shrine, killing at least 80 people.