KABUL: An assault on an Afghan intelligence facility claimed by Daesh ended Monday afternoon after police killed the attackers, an official said.
“The attack has ended. Two attackers were killed… only two police were wounded,” said Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid, adding there were no civilian casualties.
Armed militants had earlier stormed an intelligence facility in the Afghan capital on Monday, triggering intense fighting with police.
“Around 10:10 am (local time), a group of armed attackers entered an under-construction building in (the) NDS training centre in Afshar area of Kabul,” interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish told AFP, referring to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s spy agency.
“The fighting is ongoing and we have also launched our operation.”
There were no immediate reports of any casualties.
Nasrat Rahim, a deputy interior ministry spokesperson, said the sound of large and small arms fire could be heard from the fighting.
Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Previously both the Taliban and, increasingly, the Islamic State group have carried out devastating attacks in Kabul.
In November, a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a political gathering in Kabul, killing at least 14 people. The bombing was claimed by the Islamic State group.