Sardar Wali Tabassum, provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place at around 7am in front of a security centre. He said after the huge blast, a clash erupted between security forces and militants.
Five policemen were killed and nine others wounded in the bombing, 303rd Spinzar Zone Commander Maj. Gen. Assadullah Sherzad told to Pajhwok.
“There are shops in the crowded place where the explosion took place. About 15 civilians were also wounded,” he said.
Police headquarters, Special Police Unit, Public Order Police and 303rd Spinzar Zone offices are located in the building, the apparent target of the attack.
An eyewitness, Mohammad Aslam, said the explosives had been placed in a Mazda vehicle that went off in front of the sprawling security centre. Windowpanes in nearby houses and shops were shattered, he added.
A local official, meanwhile, said 20 injured civilians had been evacuated to hospital.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the movement’s fighters carried out the car bombing before entered the security base. A clash was still underway, he said.