ISIS gunmen killed during attack near Afghanistan intelligence training centre

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Gunmen opened fire near a training facility on Monday in Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in Kabul, leading to a fight with security forces that resulted in three militants being killed, local authorities said.

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

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, referring to the National Directorate of Security, NDS, that around 10 am, a group of armed attackers entered an under-construction building in (the) NDS training centre in Afshar area of Kabul.

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

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ISIS claimed in a statement that two of its fighters had carried out the attack. At least nine people were killed and more than 50 injured in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta. Another six people were wounded in the second attack, including children.

Elsewhere in the country, a Taliban suicide attacker detonated a vehicle bomb in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, late Monday killing at least two civilians and wounding 30 people.

The slain officer was the district police commander, Sarwari added.

Sarwari said the attack set off heavy clashes in which scores of Taliban attackers were driven away. The attack was claimed by the terrorist group Islamic State according to a message released by the agency Amaq, linked to that organization, where they said that two of its members participated in the action.