Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said that a cleanup operation was now under way in the Afshar area of kabul after after militants on December 18 stormed a partially constructed building near an intelligence training center, triggering intense fighting with security forces.
Security forces guard at the site of a clash between gunmen and security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Initial reports indicate the attackers were wearing police uniforms, he added.
The Afghan capital in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians, as the resurgent Taliban and increasingly IS both step up their attacks on security installations and mosques. The militants took up positions at the construction site in order to fire down on the training centre. "Two ISIS attackers raid the Afghan intelligence center in Kabul", the terrorist group's Amaq news agency reported.
Afghan forces thwart attack on training center in Kabul
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 group's local affiliate, known as Islamic State-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K, sprang up in eastern Afghanistan in early 2015 and has carried out multiple high-profile attacks in the Afghan capital this year. No one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.
Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said two police officers were injured but there were no civilian casualties.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
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.