Militants Attack Afghan Spy Agency's Facility in Kabul

19 December, 2017, 11:22 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Kabul Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on training facility of Afghan spy agency

A group of suspected terrorists seized a building under construction near the training centre of the Afghan spy agency in Kabul on Monday and exchanged fire with security forces in a heavily populated area, officials said.

He said the militants were targeting the training center from the building, using light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Anadolu Agency that all three attackers have been killed and two policemen have sustained minor injuries.

In another attack yesterday, in the southern Helmand province, a suicide vehicle bomber struck a police convoy, killing two people and wounding 29 others, including civilians, said Abdul Salam Afghan, spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public as ambulances and reinforcements headed towards the site.

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ISIS claimed the attack in statement carried by its Aamaq news agency, saying two fighters had attacked an intelligence center in Kabul. Insider and imposter attacks are a near mainstay for Afghan and US troops in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS.

There were no reports of casualties yet among security forces or civilians.

Security in Kabul has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the city's diplomatic quarter, killing about 150 and wounding around 400 people, mostly civilians.

No group has officially claimed responsibility for that attack, which the government blamed on the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.

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