Gunmen in Kabul, the capital, attacked the heavily fortified Interior Ministry, battling security forces for more than two hours before the assault was suppressed.
Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people, a lot of them civilians, during raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province which has been a base for the Islamic State group and other militants, officials said Tuesday.
A local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has also launched a number of deadly attacks in recent months, including in Kabul.
Gen. John Nicholson, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon from his Kabul office, said USA forces "believe it was a Taliban-Haqqani attack, but we're still developing that information".
The report to Congress by inspectors general of the Pentagon, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development also cast doubt on the administration's decision to send a new set of military advisers this year to work with Afghan forces closer to the front lines. In a later tweet, he said there were concerns that an attacker in a USA military uniform was on the base and that head counts were underway.
The attack on a meeting of commanders in the district of Musa Qala in Helmand, one of the heartlands of the Taliban insurgency, was a significant blow to the insurgents, said Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan.
Both the Taliban and IS frequently target Afghanistan's Western-backed government and its security forces.
Another early morning attack struck the capital of Kandahar province, when a suicide vehicle bomb blast killed three civilians and wounded 13 others, a provincial official told reporters.
The militants traded fire with security force before they were killed within minutes.
"We broke their dream so that they will never try to attack military installations particularly the minister of interior", Danish said.
Among the dead were the commander of the police station and the deputy director of traffic police for Puli Alim, the provincial capital, said Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the governor. He said all coalition troops had been accounted for after the attack. It is unclear who carried out the attack, though the southern province is the Taliban's historic heartland.
Security in and around Kabul has been on high alert in recent days with more checkpoints and patrols as the government warned of "complex attacks" by the Taliban on the government or foreign installations in coming weeks. "We were told to stay inside our offices as the compound was attacked", one ministry employee told AFP earlier.
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