Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

A suicide attack hit an area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, causing casualties among nearby security personnel.

Other security officials said that most of the victims were members of the country's police force.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq propaganda agency, according to the SITE intelligence group, which monitors jihadist networks.

More details are awaited.

This comes a week after Daesh claimed a suicide attack aimed at a Tehran-backed cultural center killing 50 people in Kabul, and another one during funeral prayers in Jalalabad city killing 15 people.

"A suicide attacker has detonated himself. close to a number of police who were trying to provide security for an ongoing protest", deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

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According to a statement from Emergency Hospital in Kabul, nearly 20 wounded were brought to the facility following the explosion, Afghan media reported.

The incident took place in the vicinity of the 9th police district of the city.

On Dec. 25, a teenage suicide bomber killed seven people and injured six others in nearby fortified Shash Darak locality. Daesh terror group claims responsibility for the attack.

The security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate.

Either way, the attack was yet another sign of rising violence and insecurity in Kabul.