Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

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.

"We can confirm that so far 11 bodies have been brought to our hospitals as well as 25 wounded", the AFP news agency quoted Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh as saying on January 4.

"A suicide attacker has detonated himself. close to a number of police who were trying to provide security for an ongoing protest", deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

According to AFP, which quoted officials, 13 people were killed in the blast which was claimed by Daesh, adding to the carnage caused by the militant group in the Afghan capital.

The foreign office in a statement said that Pakistan is sorrowful over the loss of precious lives and said it prays for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

The Sunni extremist group has recently increased its attacks against Shi'a in Afghanistan - particularly in Kabul.

The Afghan capital has become one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians in recent months.

But experts say IS operates several cells in the city, enabling the group to plan and carry out attacks under the noses of Afghan security and intelligence agencies.

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.

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