ISIS Claims Blast at Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul

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In May, ISIL claimed an attack targetting an Afghan state television building in Jalalabad that killed six people.

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", Reuters reported rights group Amnesty International saying in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

The Interior Ministry said it was a suicide attack during a morning panel at the centre, with one journalist working for the agency confirmed dead and another injured. He added that one reporter at the agency had been killed and two injured.

Taliban forces fighting US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan have denied any involvement in the attack.

It also hit the Afghan News Agency, which has an office on the floor above the center.

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Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC), a watchdog to promote safety of journalists in the country, condemned the attack on Twitter.

At least 40 people - reportedly including two children - have been killed after a suicide attack near a cultural center Afghanistan's capital.

The organization, however, said that Afghanistan's constitution guaranteed freedom of information and stated it was the only country in the world to have created "committees for the safety of journalists" with representatives of the state and journalists' associations.

The ISIS's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul.

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