Blast Hits Police in Afghan Capital Kabul, Dozens of Casualties

An ambulance at the scene of the latest suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul

Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesperson at the Interior Ministry, said that civilians and members of the security forces were among the casualties.

Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said 11 dead and 25 wounded had been brought to city hospitals after the blast in an area of the city not far from the US Embassy and other foreign missions.

The spokesman cautioned that the toll could rise.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed several brutal attacks on Shiites in recent months in Kabul. The report by Amaq gave no evidence to support the claim, it adds.

Police official Jan Agha said today that twenty-seven policemen have also been wounded in the attack.

A suicide attack at the end of last year killed at least 40 people had wounded 30
A suicide attack at the end of last year killed at least 40 people had wounded 30

On December 29, Afghan authorities said at least 41 people were killed and 84 wounded by multiple bomb blasts at a Shi'ite cultural center in Kabul.

I.S. say the bomber, with an explosive belt, was targetting "a gathering of Afghan intelligence and police".

Despite the increased security measures militants continue to carry out attacks.

The Middle Eastern jihadist 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.

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