Pakistan condemns terror attack in Kabul

Dozens of casualties as suicide blast hits Afghan capital Kabul

According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists have claimed responsibility behind the attack.

I.S. say the bomber, with an explosive belt, was targetting "a gathering of Afghan intelligence and police".

All of the dead were police.

"A suicide attacker has detonated himself ... close to a number of police who were trying to provide security for an ongoing protest", the deputy interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, told AFP. An AFP reporter several kilometres from the scene heard the explosion.




"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.

Security in Kabul has been tightened since 31 May when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others, mostly civilians. It was the third deadly attack claimed by the extremist group in December alone.

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said police were conducting operations against illegal drug and alcohol sales in the area and that security personnel were attempting to maintain safety among crowds that had gathered.

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