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Afghanistan: Taliban attack on intelligence agency in Kabul leaves 1 dead

At least one person was killed and 32 were wounded in central Kabul, Afghanistan, today when Taliban suicide bombers attacked the country's spy agency.

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Afghan shoppers throng the Mandave main market in downtown Kabul on October 23, 2012. (Jawad Jalali/AFP/Getty Images)

At least one person was killed and 32 wounded in central Kabul, Afghanistan, today when Taliban suicide bombers attempted to attack the compound of the National Directorate of Security, the country's spy agency, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The person who was killed was a soldier who was guarding the intelligence agency, CNN reported.

One attacker set off a suicide car bomb at a nearby traffic intersection, then five other Taliban insurgents wearing suicide vests rushed the compound, Afghan officials said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"They plotted to attack one of the units of the NDS," Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "Fortunately, they were identified, and in 10 minutes, in the exchange of fire, all of them were killed."

A second explosives-filled car was discovered at the scene and defused by a bomb squad before it went off, CNN reported.

The car contained liquid explosives not typically used by Taliban and Afghan militants, Afghan officials said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In an email, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the attackers were aiming to kill government officials and foreigners who were leaving a meeting at the intelligence agency, CNN reported.

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