Dozens killed in trio of Taliban attacks targeting police

A captured Taliban insurgent is presented to the media after he was arrested with car explosive devices in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017.

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Last Updated Oct 17, 2017 6:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country's south, west and east have killed scores off people, including many police.

In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound overnight Monday evening using a suicide car bomb and killing at least 15 police and five civilians, provincial spokesman Muhammad Arif Noori told CBS News.

Yhe attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Noori said Taliban militants first detonated the explosive-laden vehicle at the main gate of Andar provincial district building, and then and unknown number of attackers stormed the compound. He said the fight ended Tuesday morning with all attackers killed by Afghan forces. 

A militant attack, also including a suicide car bomb, was underway in eastern Paktia province's capital, Gardez, where insurgents targeted a police training center.

According Hamidullah Hamidi, a senior official at the primary hospital in Paktia, at least 33 dead bodies had been brought in following the attack and more than 160 people were being treated for wounds. There were both civilians and police among the casualties. 

Sources told CBS News' Ahmad Mukhtar that two bombers detonated their explosives and then a handful of armed attackers entered the police compound, engaging in a firefight with Afghan forces. 

It was the biggest attack in the country since President Trump announced his new strategy for the grinding war in South Asia. 

In western Farah province, police chief Abdul Maruf Fulad said the Taliban attacked a government compound in Shibkho district, killing three policemen.  

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for all three attacks.