Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

The wounded have been taken to hospitals around the city.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) says it is behind the attack.

The death toll in the Kabul suicide attack on Thursday evening has risen to 15, while 20 people have suffered injuries.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the "barbaric attack" in a statement, calling it an "inhumane" act.

Witnesses told RFE/RL that the blast could be heard throughout the capital.

According to Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, riot police were deployed to the area after protests turned violent, only to be hit by the suicide bomber.

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25 people were also wounded in the attack.

Kabul has been hit hard by terror attacks attributed to Taliban, Islamic State (IS), and other militants operating in the country.

The security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. It was the third deadly attack claimed by the extremist group in December alone.

The blast happened close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said.

US forces led an invasion to drive Taliban extremists from power after Al-Qaeda militants whose leaders were sheltering in Afghanistan carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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