Latest ISIS Attack In Afghanistan Is Bad News For US Effort

Militants stormed an intelligence agency training centre in Kabul on Monday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, triggering an intense gunbattle with Afghan police.

"Around 10:10 am, a group of armed attackers entered an under-construction building in (the) NDS training center in (the) Afshar area of Kabul", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, referring to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's spy agency.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack at an intelligence training centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 18, 2017.

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

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

There were no immediate reports of casualties and a large contingent of security forces had surrounded the area.

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

No one immediately claimed the attack, which took place in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

In the eastern city of Mihtarlam, capital of Laghman province, two separate blasts killed an intelligence service agent and a civilian. No one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.

"It took so long to kill the attackers because there are a lot of houses nearby the scene of the attack", Safi said.

A Taliban attack on a police post in the western Badghis province on Sunday killed a police officer - the district police commander - and wounded three others.

So far, neither the Taliban insurgency nor any other militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Sonia Alvarado