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At least 20 killed, 30 injured in Kabul suicide bombing during protests

The Islamic State terror outfit took responsibility for the Kabul attack

IANS  |  Kabul 

Kabul attack
Kabul attack | Photo: Reuters

At least 20 people have been killed and 30 injured in a suicide bombing claimed by the terror group, an official said.

The attack happened on Thursday night in area of where a group of police officers were handling a protest, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A police official told Efe news that the suicide attacker was on foot and wore a vest loaded with explosives that he detonated near the policemen watching the demonstration.

Earlier, the police said 11 people, including five police personnel, were killed. The number of fatalities jumped to 20 on Friday.

The took responsibility for the attack through its news outlet Amaq. It said a suicide attacker with an explosives vest had targeted "a gathering of Afghan intelligence and police".

Tawab Khan, a resident, said a large number of security personnel had gathered in the area for a crackdown on shopkeepers involved in trading illicit substances.

Several shops and vehicles were also damaged in the area.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 17:12 IST