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Afghan Police Thwart Attack On Spy Chief

Masoud Andarabi
Masoud Andarabi

Afghan security forces say they thwarted an attack on the country's acting intelligence chief in Kabul.

Officials told RFE/RL that the would-be attacker tried to enter the home of Masoud Andrabi on March 18, but was identified and killed by security personnel.

Witnesses in the area said they heard shots from the scene.

The streets outside of the home were cordoned off by police.

The attack occurred in a heavily fortified area of central Kabul that is home to government ministry buildings and foreign embassies.

No group has claimed responsibility for the planned attack, although similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Taliban militants.

Andarabi was appointed to head the National Directorate of Security, the country's intelligence service, in December.