20 killed, 29 injured in Kabul suicide blast, Taliban claim credit
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 20 people were killed and another 29 were wounded, mostly civilians including women and children, on Monday afternoon when a suicide bomber struck the entrance to a public order police compound in Kabul, the interior ministry said.
In a statement late on Monday night, the ministry said most of the victims were civilians, including women and children.
Earlier deputy interior minister Lt. Gen. Ayub Salangi tweeted that the suicide attack took place at 1:40pm and most of the victims were civilians.
A public order police spokesman Javed Niazai said the attacker wanted to enter the public order police headquarters, but when police prevented him, he exploded his suicide vest, killing several people, including a deputy platoon leader and injuring many others.
A statement from the Ministry of Interior said police were investigating the incident and details would be shared with the media later on.
The attack, the latest in a series hitting Kabul this year, took place in a busy area near the zoo and the parliament building.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claiming nearly 40 police had suffered casualties in the suicide attack carried out by a resident of Imam Sahib district of northeastern Kunduz province.
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