Gunmen attack police station in western Afghanistan, five killed

KABUL (REUTERS) - Five people were killed on Saturday (Jan 12) in clashes between the police and gunmen who attacked a police station in Afghanistan's western Herat province, officials said.

Two gunmen who stormed the building killed three policemen, a civilian and a child, the spokesman for Herat provincial governor, Mr Jailani Farhad, said, adding that four policemen were also wounded before the attackers were killed.

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces seized a vehicle packed with explosives from the attack site.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the assault, launched two days after Taleban fighters launched a series of attacks on checkpoints in four Afghan provinces, killing 32 members of the security forces and pro-government militias.

The Taleban has inflicted a heavy toll on government forces this winter, while the United  States military with their government allies have killed Taleban field commanders with air strikes.