Gunmen attack intelligence service centre in Afghan capital Kabul

Blanche Robertson
August 16, 2018

The area has been sealed off by security forces.

The attack comes just hours after a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside an education center in a predominantly Shiite area of western Kabul, where students were studying for college entrance exams, killing at least 37 people.

In this weekend's crisis in Ghazni, Taliban fighters also targeted a military facility, this time the city's police headquarters - which appears to have been compromised as reports indicate insurgents seized military equipment during their raid. "It was horrific and numerous students were torn to pieces". The Taliban has not taken any responsibility of the blast as of yet.

In the past two years, there have been at least 13 attacks on the Shiite community in Kabul alone.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called for the fighting to stop, saying up to 150 civilians are estimated to have been killed in Ghazni, where the public hospital was overwhelmed and water and electricity supplies cut.

"The savage terrorists are targeting cultural and educational institutions, showing that they are against the teachings of Islam and the Prophet encouraging all Muslims, men and women, to seek knowledge and learning", Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the bombing resembles previous attacks that have been claimed by ISIS.

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Kabul has been targeted by at least 16 attacks since January.

The attack comes after a bloody week in Afghanistan.

He said the security forces and civilians have not suffered casualties during the attack.

The Taliban, who launched their Ghazni assault last Friday and battled Afghan forces backed by US 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 Taliban launched a coordinated offensive last Friday, overwhelming the city's defenses and capturing several neighborhoods.

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.

A standoff is underway between the Afghan forces and the assailant militants in the vicinity of the 5th police district of the city. And six young girls were killed after playing with an unexploded rocket shell, an official in the eastern province of Laghman told the wire service.

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