A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up killing six, including two security personnel, near the gate of Afghan intelligence headquarters in Shash Darak, Kabul, on Monday.
Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its mouthpiece, Amaq news agency, saying the spy agency tortured its “holy warriors” for their efforts to bring Afghanistan under a caliphate. It also claimed the suicide bomber managed to reach the main gate of the compound to kill as many as 30 people.
Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said one of the security guards sensed danger as the teenager came racing towards the gate. When the guard ran towards him asking him to stop, the bomber hurriedly detonated the explosive vest. The casualties would have been more had the attacker been able to reach the gate.
Security personnel were just arriving for work when the attack took place. There are conflicting reports about the victims. Rahimi said two security men were among the six killed while another spokesman of the same ministry Najib Danish said all the victims were civilian workers in a car which was approaching the gate.
The military facility lies near Kabul’s diplomatic quarter.
Only a week ago, terrorists attempted to launch a massive attack on another spy agency in Kabul. They used rocket-propelled grenades and light weapons but before they could inflict any casualties, all the three were shot dead.
In another attack on Monday, six border policemen were killed and as many wounded when their armoured vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Marjah district of restive Helmand province. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban usually plant the bombs along the roads in the province to stop troop movements.
Kabul has witnessed at least 20 major terrorist attacks this year. In the worst attack, 160 people were killed in May when militants blew up a tanker near the German embassy.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel visited Kabul last week and said the embassy would be functioning again soon.