Militants Attack Afghan Spy Agency's Facility in Kabul

19 December, 2017, 11:23 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Kabul Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on training facility of Afghan spy agency

Afghan forces killed three pro-Daesh militants on Monday thwarting an attack on a training center run by the country's spy agency, officials said.

Rahimi earlier said that the attackers entered a building under construction near a training center of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.

The attackers reportedly used rocket-propelled grenades and light weapons.

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Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said at least two attackers have been killed in the gun fighting and two police officers were injured but there were no civilian casualties.

A powerful ISIS affiliate has emerged in Afghanistan in recent years that is largely made up of disgruntled former Taliban insurgents.

Hassamudin Safi, a police officer in Kabul's Police District 5, said the standoff ended after several hours at around 3 p.m. and clearance operations were ongoing. Insider and imposter attacks are a near mainstay for Afghan and US troops in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS. No one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.

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The ISIS attack came a day after Taliban fighters in the southern province of Helmand stormed police outposts near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, killing more than a dozen police personnel.

Sarwari said the attack set off heavy clashes in which scores of Taliban attackers were driven away. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in Afghanistan's capital.

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