Five insurgents attacked the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police early Monday morning, setting off a huge explosion near the entrance to the compound and storming the building.
Two insurgents were shot during an initial gun battle before 6 a.m., the police said, and at least one traffic police officer was killed. Another traffic officer wounded in the firefight managed to call for help from his cellphone, according to a police official.
Explosions and gunfire continued to ring out from the compound, where a battery of Afghan security forces assembled to defend the lightly armed traffic police. From the street, police officers could be seen firing on insurgents from the rooftop of the facility's main building.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the second one it has carried out in less than a week.
"Our target was a special police training unit where foreign instructors and trainers train," said a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid. "We inflicted heavy casualties to the enemy so far and that is a part of our routine operations against the enemy."
On Wednesday, heavily armed bombers blew up the gate to an Afghan intelligence facility, killing at least one security agent and injuring numerous civilians. The consecutive attacks have rattled the relative security Kabul has experienced compared with other areas of the country.
Habib Zohori contributed reporting.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.