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Dozens killed in Taliban attack on NDS facility

22 January 2019

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack carried out on 21 January on what local media have described as a training facility of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security - the country's primary intelligence agency - in the central province of Maidan Wardak.

Afghan security officers secure the area of a collapsed NDS building in Afghanistan’s central Maidan Wardak Province following an attack on 21 January. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Afghan security officers secure the area of a collapsed NDS building in Afghanistan's central Maidan Wardak Province following an attack on 21 January. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The TOLONews website reported that the assault began in the early morning hours when attackers rammed the facility with a captured Humvee rigged with an improvised explosive device that was then detonated, destroying large parts of the compound.

This was reportedly followed by at least two gunmen who entered the facility, which is located on the outskirts of the provincial capital Maidan Shahar, and opened fire, before they themselves were gunned down.

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