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Afghan forces thwart attack on training center in Kabul

Afghan forces thwart attack on training center in Kabul

"Casualties were feared as the attackers fired on the nearby intelligence training centre by guns and grenade launchers", an eyewitness said.

There were no reports of casualties yet among security forces or civilians.

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.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State extremist group have carried out deadly attacks in Kabul in the past.

In another attack yesterday, in the southern Helmand province, a suicide vehicle bomber struck a police convoy, killing two people and wounding 29 others, including civilians, said Abdul Salam Afghan, spokesman for the provincial police chief. The Western-backed government there has been struggling to fend off militants since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014.

The Taliban have targeted military installations in recent months, including a spate of attacks in October that killed around 150 people. No one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.

On December 17, Taliban militants attacked two checkpoints in the southern province of Helmand, killing 11 police officers.

Sarwari said the attack set off heavy clashes in which scores of Taliban attackers were driven away.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack via their Amaq news agency.

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