Three NDS Staff Killed in Uruzgan
 
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Two National Directorate of Security (NDS) staff have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Uruzgan province while attempting to defuse another bomb nearby, the day after an NDS police officer was shot dead in the same area.

NDS personnel on Wednesday morning identified an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road in the Garmab Manda area of Tarin Kowt district and had started to work on defusing it when a second IED detonated nearby, killing two staff and wounding a third from the intelligence agency.

The incident happened some hours after an NDS officer was killed close to the agency's offices in Tarin Kowt late Tuesday night by unknown men, who escaped.

Urozgan's intelligence chief Khan Mohammad said that two unknown men on motorbikes shot at the police officer and killed him before riding away.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibly for the attacks.

Meanwhile, NDS staff repelled a major attack against a key NDS facility in the heart of Kabul on Wednesday.

A suicide bomber detonated a massive car bomb around midday at the gate of the facility following which five other men attempted to storm the entrance. All were killed in the ensuing gunfight.

As many as 30 other people including civilians were killed or wounded by the attack, but exact figures are not yet known.

As at Wednesday afternoon, NDS said none of its staff were killed in the Kabul attack.

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