Six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack near the compound of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in Kabul, officials say.
Another three people were injured when the attacker, who was on foot, blew himself up as agency employees were on their way to work.
The victims are reported to include women who were in a passing vehicle.
An AFP reporter at the blast site said the attack happened outside the main entrance to an NDS compound. Security forces have swarmed into the area, closing off the main road leading to the building.
Ambulances were seen leaving the scene, apparently taking casualties to hospitals in the city.
“Our initial information shows a blast took place near an intelligence headquarters in Shash Darak neighbourhood of Kabul,” deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.
Islamic state, the Sunni Muslim militant group, said it had carried out the attack.
The number of such bombings in Afghanistan has grown in recent months.
In October, at least 39 people were killed in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Shia Muslim minority.
In May, a huge bomb in the diplomatic quarter or green zone killed more than 150 people – the deadliest suicide attack since the Taliban were driven from power by US-led forces in 2001.