KABUL, Afghanistan -- Eight suicide bombers stormed the headquarters of a special unit of the Afghan police in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday morning, killing five officers and wounding four.
The assault began around 5 a.m. when a car bomb exploded near the entry gate of the compound, said Maj. Gen. Mohammed Sharif Khan, the police chief of Nangarhar Province. The blast was followed by another car bomb just inside the gate, which cleared the way for the insurgents to enter with suicide vests and weapons.
Three of the bombers succeeded in blowing themselves up inside the compound. The remaining were shot before they could detonate their charges, General Sharif Khan said.
Five civilians were also wounded in the assault, which ended shortly after 7 a.m. It was unclear if any forces from the American-led coalition were at the compound at the time.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came during the second day of Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Afghanistan.
In a separate attack on Tuesday morning, a vehicle bomb exploded near the entrance of a joint Afghan and coalition base in Jalalabad, coalition officials said. It did not result in any coalition injuries. Afghan officials said they were unaware of the bombing.
Insurgents last mounted a large, coordinated assault in Jalalabad in December, when they attempted to strike a major coalition base there. The attack was repelled, and no coalition forces died.
In Helmand Province, a suicide bomber detonated a large truck bomb on Monday in the provincial capital, Nad Ali, killing a British soldier and injuring at least a dozen other coalition soldiers, some of them seriously. The attack, which occurred around 6 p.m., caused a wall in the base to collapse, according to coalition officials.
Sangar Rahimi contributed reporting from Kabul, and Khalid Alokozay from Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.