Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

The foreign office in a statement said that Pakistan is sorrowful over the loss of precious lives and said it prays for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Salim Ehsas said at a press briefing on Friday that 13 people were killed and 18 others were wounded in the suicide attack.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim. The attack targeted an anti-drug raid close to the US Embassy.

All of the dead were police.

Police have confirmed that the attacker was on foot.

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The blast stripped bark from trees and shattered windows of nearby apartments, underscoring the devastating force of a single suicide bomber. The bomber detonated his explosives shortly after security forces arrived on the scene.

In December alone IS claimed three attacks that killed dozens of civilians.

Several days ago a suicide bomber killed more than 40 people at a Shi'ite cultural centre in the capital.

The IS group has gained ground in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015 and has scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including on security installations and the country's Shiite minority.

The attack took place near a security establishment at Banaee area of the city in the evening.

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