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Gunmen Attack Afghan Spy Agency Compound In Kabul

Afghan police arrive at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on August 15.

Gunmen have launched an attack on an Afghan intelligence training center in Kabul, officials say.

Police officer Abdul Rahman said on August 16 that the attackers were holed up in a building near the compound overseen by the National Security Directorate in a western neighborhood of the Afghan capital.

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

Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the attackers were firing rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.

Special units arrived at the scene, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

There was no initial word on any casualties or claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes a day after a suicide bombing in a Shi'ite area of Kabul killed 34 people and wounded 56 others.

The Islamic State (IS) extremist group on August 16 claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government has been struggling to fend off the Taliban, the Islamic State, and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most NATO troops in 2014.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, dpa, and AFP