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Deadly suicide bombing near Afghan intelligence agency

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KABUL, Afghanistan - At least seven people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul, that struck near the Afghanistan intelligence agency.

The suicide attacker blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul.

According to officials, the attacker struck at a time when workers were arriving at their offices. 

The attack on Monday comes a week after militants stormed a National Directorate of Security (NDS) training centre in the Afghan capital.

Hours after the attack, the Afghan Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said six civilians in a car were killed when the attacker detonated himself.

Danish said, “Six people were martyred and three others were wounded. They were hit when they were passing the area in their Toyota sedan vehicle. We still do not know the target of the attack but it happened on the main road.”

The death toll was confirmed by the health ministry, which put the number of wounded at one.

The attack comes a week after ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on the National Directorate of Security training centre. 

In recent months, Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.

After the attack, local reports noted that security forces swarmed the area, closing off the main road leading to the building.

Ambulances were seen leaving the scene, carrying back those injured to hospitals in the city.

Deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said, “Our initial information shows a blast took place near an intelligence headquarters in Shash Darak neighbourhood of Kabul.” 

ISIS, which has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015, has scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including those on the country’s Shia minority.

Along with the resurgent Taliban, ISIS too is stepping up their assaults on security installations and mosques.

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