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.
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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