Suicide attack near Afghan intelligence HQ, kills 10
Published: 03:36 PM, 25 December 2017 Updated: 03:36 PM, 25 December 2017
Ten civilians were killed and another five were injured in a suicide attack near an Afghan intelligence agency compound in Kabul on Monday morning, officials say.
British media BBC reported, the attacker struck as workers were arriving at the offices of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), a week after militants stormed an NDS training centre in Kabul.
Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told that the civilians included women in a car were killed when the attacker blew himself up.
Danish said, "They were hit when they were passing the area in their Toyota sedan vehicle. We still do not know the target of the attack."
The health ministry confirmed the death. The director of hospitals in Kabul said the number of casualties could rise
Security forces have swarmed into the area, closing off the main road leading to the building. Ambulances were seen leaving the scene.
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."
The latest assault claimed by the Islamic State group in a statement via their Amaq propaganda arm. It was the latest claimed assault by the Middle Eastern jihadist group in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.