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At Least 20 Killed, 29 Injured After A Suicide Bomb Attack In Afghanistan

The blast happened outside a police station in a busy section of Kabul, the capital city.

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At least 20 police officers were killed and another 29 wounded after a suicide bomb attack outside of a police station in a busy section of western Kabul in Afghanistan, according to the New York Times.

Earlier Monday, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Ayub Salangi confirmed 10 people had been killed in a post on Twitter. He said most killed were civilians. The death toll later increased.

در حمله انتحاري يك ساعت قبل در ساحه چوك دهمزنگ توسط يك فرد انتحاركننده ده تن شهيد بيست تن مجروح گذارش شده اكثر شهدا مجروحين مردم ملكي اند

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, saying that the bombing was planned around a time when a large group of police officers would be leaving the complex, the New York Times reported.

Witnesses told the newspaper that the bomber walked up to a line of people at a security gate at the National Civil Order Police and detonated the explosives.

The attack is the latest in a series to hit the Afghan capital this year. The Kabul government has been pushing to revive a stalled peace process with the Taliban, Reuters reported.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack issuing a statement that said 40 police officers had been killed or wounded, Reuters reported. The group often makes exaggerated casualty claims about its attacks.

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