Attack targeting an Afghan intelligence facility in Kabul

Attack targeting an Afghan intelligence facility in Kabul

Kabul _ Agencies

Afghan officials in the capital Kabul confirmed an attack early Thursday morning on an intelligence facility.

An intelligence official, who asked not to be named, said a group of attackers were stationed in an empty building in exchange for a training center, where they fired at the facility.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasr Rahimi said special forces units had arrived at the site.

The attack comes at a time when the authorities have announced conflicting statements on the death toll of a devastating suicide bombing that targeted an educational center in Kabul on Wednesday.

While local official Sakdad Baserarst announced that the bombing, which occurred in a predominantly Shiite area west of the capital, killed 65 and injured 75 others, health Ministry spokesman Waheed Al-Gash said the bombing killed 34 people and injured 56 others. The ministry said Tuesday that the death toll of the blast was 48 and 67 injured.

The centre is taught to teach subjects such as arithmetic, chemistry and physics to secondary school students. It should be noted that most of the victims are students.

The United Nations Children´s Fund (UNICEF) described yesterday´s attack as "unfortunate", explaining that the target age ranged from 16 to 18 years.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but ISIL has in the past launched similar attacks targeting Shiite minorities in Afghanistan.