Gunmen Attack Afghan Intelligence Center in Kabul

Gunmen Attack Afghan Intelligence Center in Kabul

The militants said about 110 people were either killed or wounded in Thursday's attack that began in the morning.

He said he "prayed" that no one else would experience what he had.

Kabul police chief's spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said on Thursday that shortly after 10am gunmen stormed a building close to a National Directorate of Security (NDS) military training center in Qala-e-Wazir in PD5 in Kabul city.

According to al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan special forces had arrived at the scene, Rahimi added.

After some seven hours, officials said the two attackers were killed.

The Ministry of Public Health officials said late on Thursday night that eath toll from deadly suicide attack has climbed to at least 48 people.

"Children are not, and must never be the target of violence", said UNICEF's executive director Henrietta Fore.

Mourners decried the unrelenting bloodshed, while others dismissed murmurings of possible ceasefires and peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban, even though the attack was claimed by IS.

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The United Nations Security Council condemned the bombing as a "heinous and cowardly terrorist attack", saying that it "underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The explosion, which came as the central city of Ghazni struggles to recover from five days of intense fighting between the Taliban and government forces, underlined how badly security in Afghanistan has degenerated, some two months before parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

The attack comes amid a particularly bloody week in Afghanistan that has seen Taliban attacks kill scores of Afghan troops and civilians.

He said the gunmen were shooting at the facility and it wasn't immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the assault.

The Taliban, who launched their Ghazni assault last Friday and battled Afghan forces backed by USA 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.

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