(Releads with incident over, police deny suicide attack)
KABUL, Dec 16 (Reuters) - An attack on a police
station in the west of Kabul on Friday ended without casualties,
police and the Interior Ministry said.
An attacker threw a hand grenade at the station, ministry
spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on his official Twitter account,
and soon afterwards police said they had regained control.
"There were gunfights in Police District Five. There were no
casualties. Now everything is under control and we are
investigating the case," said Mohammad Zahir, head of the
criminal investigation department for Kabul police.
Police officials denied the incident was a suicide attack.
Earlier, a Reuters witness heard gunfire and at least two
explosions, and a police source, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said several suicide bombers had attacked the police
The Taliban generally target military personnel or
foreigners, such as in the attack on a convoy of NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) vehicles in late
October, which killed 13.
That attack was also in the west of the city, an area which
does not have a high concentration of foreign residents.
A huge suicide bomb killed 80 people at a Shi'ite Muslim
shrine in Kabul last week, an attack the Taliban condemned.
Despite the presence of tens of thousands of Western forces
in Afghanistan, the United Nations and other groups say violence
is at its worst since U.S.-led Afghan forces toppled the Taliban
from power in late 2001.
NATO-led forces say they have seen a decline over recent
months in attacks launched by insurgents against their troops.
(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni; Writing by
Daniel Magnowski; Editing by Sophie Hares)