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. AFP reporters, who were held more than a kilometer away from the scene, saw ambulances and reinforcements headed towards the site. "Casualties were feared as the attackers fired on the nearby intelligence training center by guns and grenade launchers", an eyewitness said. The group is not as large or well-entrenched as the Taliban, but has carried out a number of deadly attacks, mainly targeting minority Shiites and security forces.
Security in Kabul has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the city's diplomatic quarter, killing about 150 and wounding around 400 people, mostly civilians.
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Afghan forces, already beset by desertions and corruption, have seen casualties soar to what a US watchdog has described as "shockingly high" levels since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces officially ended their combat mission in 2014 and began a training and support role.
ISIL claimed two of its fighters were involved, but reports said at least five fighters launched an attack at around 10am local time.
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Another government official said the attack was near the intelligence agency training center.
Earlier, an Afghan official said a Taliban attack on Sunday killed a police officer and wounded three others in western Badghis province.
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In neighboring Pakistan, the IS group claimed responsibility for a December 17 suicide attack on a church.
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