ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Kabul's NDS Training Center

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of an attack in Kabul Afghanistan

Afghan special forces swiftly arrived and encircled the building to try to neutralize the attackers, interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told VOA.

Gunmen are hiding in a building which is under construction close to a training center of the NDS and are targeting the center, eyewitnesses said. The security forces launched an operation to combat the militants.

Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public.

"I was going toward my school".

According to media reports, the Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news agency that two of its fighters had attacked an intelligence agency center in Kabul.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

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Another government official said the attack was near the intelligence agency training center.

No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.

Meanwhile, Afghan officials in the western province of Badghis have confirmed that Taliban insurgents ambushed a security convoy early Monday morning and killed the police commander of the remote Aab Kamari district.

On Dec. 8, seven civilians were killed, six others wounded and several vehicles and buildings were damaged in a bomb attack in the nearby Qala-e-Shada locality.

But Daesh, which has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015, has also dramatically scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including on the country's Shiite minority.

In November, a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a political gathering in Kabul, killing at least 14 people.

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