ISIS Militants Storm Kabul Spy Agency Center

ISIS Militants Storm Kabul Spy Agency Center

"Initial reports indicate the gunmen are wearing police uniforms", Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told CBS News.

According to the NDS, there were three attackers and they used an under-construction building to for targeting the center.

Hassamudin Safi, a police officer in Kabul's Police District 5, said the standoff ended after several hours at around 3 p.m. and clearance operations were ongoing.

Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public as ambulances and reinforcements headed towards the site. "Two IS attackers raid [ed] the Afghan intelligence center in Kabul", the jihadist-affiliated Amaq outlet said. Insider and imposter attacks are a near mainstay for Afghan and USA troops in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS.

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No group, including the Afghan Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Another government official said the attack was near the intelligence agency training center. Helmand police chief Ghafar Sapay said 12 of the wounded were police personnel.

USA and Afghan special operations forces are also preparing to launch a campaign against the group in northwestern Faryab and Jowzjan provinces, where it has gained a foothold, officials said.

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

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