Gunmen Attack Afghan Spy Agency Compound In Kabul

Gunmen Attack Afghan Spy Agency Compound In Kabul

Officials believe there was only a single attacker, the bomber himself.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but locals suggested ISIS was behind it, as the group often goes after the Shi'ite community.

As family members and relatives were burying the victims in a mass grave on a hill overlooking Kabul, a group of armed men launched an attack on a training facility used by the country's intelligence agency in a different part of the city.

According to Kabul police, the assailants used a nearby house under construction to stage the attack, which sparked exchanges of gunfire lasting several hours, followed by explosions.

At least two gunmen were killed in the attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault.

Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic provincial capital, as the United Nations warned that reports suggested up to 150 civilians might have been killed in the fighting.

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The Taliban, who launched their Ghazni assault last Friday and battled Afghan forces backed by USA air strikes in the middle of the city for days, said their fighters had been pulled out to prevent further harm to the city's population.

The UN has warned that as many as 150 civilians may have also been killed.

Kandahar was the religious heartland of the Taliban during their five-year rule that ended with the 2001 invasion by US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces following the 9/11 attacks in the United States. That assault began last Friday.

Afghan forces appear to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic provincial capital. The wounded were still arriving at the city's only hospital, which has been overwhelmed by casualties, he added.

At least 100 members of the security forces were killed in the fighting at Ghazni, officials have said.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Zabul province early Wednesday, killing four policemen, according to the provincial police chief, Mustafa Mayar. The assault on Ghazni was widely seen as a show of force ahead of possible peace talks with the USA, which has been at war in Afghanistan for almost 17 years. He said three Afghan security personal were also wounded in cleanup operations but no civilians were harmed. The victims were girls, aged 10-12, who were gathering firewood, he said, blaming the Taliban.

Afghanistan is reeling from a recent uptick in insurgent violence against both government forces and civilians.

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