ISIS Militants Storm Kabul Spy Agency Center

Islamic State gunmen opened fire on Afghanistan's main intelligence agency building Monday in the latest troubling sign of a deteriorating security situation in the country.

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

He said the gunmen, who launched their assault with a auto bomb and rocket-propelled grenades, appear to have been wearing police uniforms.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack at an intelligence training centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 18, 2017.

Islamic State claimed responsibility in a statement on its Amaq news agency, in which it said two of its fighters had attacked an intelligence agency center in Kabul.

A huge blast followed gunfire in Afshar area on the outskirts of the capital Kabul near a training facility of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

In another attack yesterday, in the southern Helmand province, a suicide auto bomber struck a police convoy, killing one police officer and wounding 29 other people, including civilians.

No one immediately claimed the attack, which took place in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. No-one immediately claimed responsibility for either blast.

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.

Sarwari said the attack set off heavy clashes in which scores of Taliban attackers were driven away.

Elsewhere in the country, a Taliban suicide attacker detonated a vehicle bomb in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, late Monday killing at least two civilians and wounding 30 people.

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