Afghan blast

10 dead, 20 wounded in suicide attack in Afghan capital

At least 10 people were killed and 20 others, mostly civilians, wounded in a suicide attack by the Taliban on Monday against an Afghan police station in Kabul, officials said.

“In a suicide attack one hour ago in Deh Mazang area, 10 people were martyred and 20 injured,” Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Ayub Salang said in a Twitter post.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest around 2:00 p.m. at the entrance of the riot police station, Kabul police spokesperson Javid Niazai told EFE.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said at least 40 police officers had been killed.

The terrorist group frequently exaggerates the impact of its attacks.

“The attack was carried out by a martyrdom seeker, Muhammad,” who blew himself up around a group of police officers leaving the building, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

The area where the attack occurred is in the western part of the Afghan capital, where the headquarters of the border police, the traffic department and the zoo are located.

The conflict in Afghanistan is experiencing one of its bloodiest phases since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 and Kabul is frequently hit by attacks.

In the last such attack 10 days ago, seven members of a Kabul TV production company traveling in a vehicle were killed.

About 70 percent of the city has been without power since last Tuesday, when the Taliban attacked a transmission tower in northwestern Afghanistan.

The insurgents have also seized control of several parts of the country in recent months.

In late September, the Taliban temporarily occupied the northeastern city of Kunduz, marking the group’s greatest military achievement in 14 years.

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