KABUL, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces shot dead two would-be suicide bombers on Sunday morning, thus foiling a terror attack in Shirpoor area, a diplomatic enclave in capital Kabul, police said.
"Two militants were killed inside an explosive-packed four- wheel drive car shortly after they tried to approach the entrance of an office building of intelligence agency or National Security Directorate (NDS) at around 9:15 a.m. local time Sunday," a police official told Xinhua anonymously.
He said the bomb disposal squad safely defused the car bomb.
Initial investigation showed that three men were involved in the incident and security forces are trying to capture the last suspect in the area where a branch of High Peace Council also located, the official added.
An investigation was launched into the incident and more details will be released later in the day, he noted.
No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, but Taliban insurgents were suspected of carrying out such attacks.
The Taliban, who ruled the country before they were ousted by a U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, renewed armed insurgency and warned the civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people against supporting government and foreign troops.
Earlier Sunday, two NDS service members and a police officer were killed and a policeman and three intelligence officials were wounded in two separate car bombings in eastern Nangarhar province and neighboring Logar province.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the two bombings in the insurgency-hit country.
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