Kabul: Taliban on Thursday (September 5) was blamed for a car bomb attack that targeted the office of National Directorate of Security (NDS) located in the centre of the Afghan capital.

According to Tolo News report, the group claimed to have targeted foreign forces' convoy that was entering an NDS facility in the Shash Darak area.

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The Xinhua news agency reported that a dozen people were killed and others survived injuries in the attack that took place around 10:10 am (local time).

The Shash Darak is a neighbourhood located in District 2 of Kabul and includes some of the key buildings, including the headquarters of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan defence ministry, the CIA's Afghan station and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office.

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The NDS serves as the domestic and foreign intelligence agency of Afghanistan, formed in 2002, and is considered a successor to KHAD, which was the previous intelligence organisation before the Afghan Civil War in 1996-2001.

The blast allegedly took place in retaliation to the US envoy on Afghan peace reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and briefing him on the agreement that was reached "in principle" with the Taliban. The talks followed the completion of the ninth round of talks in Doha to end the two-decade-old war.

Meanwhile, the Taliban called the Afghan government as the "puppet" of the US, as the government was shut out from negotiations.