At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide car bomb attack against a police headquarters in Afghanistan.
The attack targeted a police training center attached to the headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, officials said.
Officials and militants said that 60 people were wounded in the assault.
At least two attackers were also killed, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Three officials told Reuters that the provincial police chief was among the dead, but the ministry said it could only confirm that he had been wounded.
Both civilians and security forces were among the casualties, deputy public health director Hedayatullah Hameedi said.
“At the moment the area is sealed by the Crisis Response Unit and efforts are ongoing to eliminate the terrorists,” the ministry statement said.
In the western Farah province, police chief Abdul Maruf Fulad said the Taliban attacked a government compound in Shibkho district, killing three policemen.
In southern Ghazni province, the Taliban stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen.
Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, stated that the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled.
The district compound has been destroyed, he added.