10 killed in Suicide attack near Afghan intelligence HQ in Kabul

 
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KABUL, Dec 25 (TNS): Ten people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack near the compound of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in Kabul, BBC quoting officials said.

Another five people were injured when the attacker, who was on foot, blew himself up as agency employees were on their way to work. The victims included women whose car was going past the area at the time of the blast, reports said.

The NDS office is close to the US Embassy, along with several other diplomatic missions.

Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State said it was behind the attack. The director of hospitals in Kabul said the number of casualties could rise.

Last week, Islamic State (IS) also targeted a training centre belonging to the intelligence agency. The jihadist group has been active in Afghanistan since January 2015.