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Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul on Monday that led to prolonged clashes between gunmen and Afghan security forces near a compound belonging to the country's main intelligence agency.

Security forces guard at the site of a clash between gunmen and security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The attackers reportedly used rocket-propelled grenades and light weapons.

Afghan officials said several assailants wearing police uniforms stormed and occupied a partially constructed building before firing rockets at the nearby training center of the National Directorate of Security, or NDS.

No U.S. or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation advisers were involved in the attack or the security response to it, said U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Gresback, a spokesman for the coalition mission to train, advise and assist Afghan government forces. The militants took up positions at the construction site in order to fire down on the training centre.

A powerful Daesh affiliate has emerged in Afghanistan in recent years that is largely made up of disgruntled former Taliban militants.

Security in Kabul has been strengthened since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the city's diplomatic quarter, killing about 150 people and wounding around 400 - mostly civilians.

In the eastern city of Mihterlam, capital of the Laghman province, two separate blasts killed an intelligence service agent and a civilian, according to Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor. No-one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.

The slain officer was the district police commander, Sarwari added.

Both the Taliban and the IS group have carried out deadly attacks in Kabul in the past.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack, but the Taliban insurgent group routinely claims responsibility for such attacks.


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