Pakistan condemns Kabul terror attack

05 January, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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At least 15 people were killed and nearly 20 others were left injured as an explosion rocked Banaee area in Kabul on Thursday evening, a report claimed.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Banaee area in Kabul's PD9 where protestors and police force members had gathered, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim.

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The number of casualties has been confirmed by Ministry of Public Health and Kabul Police, reported TOLO News. "The US strongly condemns today's barbaric attack at a cultural and social centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, and offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families", she said.

That was the third deadly attack claimed by the group in the Afghan capital in December alone.

The deadly assault comes a week after more than 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast claimed by the Islamic State group that targeted Shia in Kabul.

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Security in Kabul has been tightened since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

The attack took place close to the ninth police district near the Shinozada Private Hospital.

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