Afghanistan attacks target army bases, killing 13

In the northern city of Kunduz, suicide bombers stormed an army recruitment centre, sparking a long gun battle.
On the outskirts of Kabul, attackers ambushed an army bus outside the country's main recruitment centre.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, which President Hamid Karzai called "criminal".

Correspondents say the attacks were clearly aimed at deterring Afghans from joining the huge drive currently under way to build up the domestic security forces.

The recruitment centre in Kunduz came under attack from at least four suicide bombers - who early reports suggested were dressed in army uniforms, AP news agency quoted the provincial deputy governor Hamdullah Danishi as saying.

Foreign and Afghan soldiers surrounded the building, in which about 100 people were trapped.
"There are gun shots, heavy machine gun fire and RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades]," a local trader told the BBC. He said the base was on fire.

Local police sources say that five Afghan soldiers and three policemen were killed, along with at least three of the attackers. About 20 recent army recruits were wounded.

"The enemy came prepared,'' the police chief of Kunduz province, Mawlana Sayed Khel, told the BBC.
In Kabul the attackers opened fire on a bus filled with Afghan army soldiers.

Security forces at a nearby checkpoint opened fire on the attackers. One was shot dead.

But a suicide bomber then detonated explosives, killing five soldiers.
The assault took place outside the Kabul military training centre on the outskirts of the city - the country's main base for the training of recruits.

The "criminal" attacks were carried out by "the enemies of the Afghan people", said President Karzai in a statement.

In another incident, a Nato service member was killed in southern Afghanistan, the international force said, without providing more details.