Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar Dozens of casualties as suicide blast hits Afghan capital Kabul
Lillian Steele | 06 January, 2018, 02:33

The spokesman cautioned that the toll could rise.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the "barbaric attack" in a statement, calling it an "inhumane" act.

Afghan police say the death toll has jumped to 20 people, with another 27 policemen wounded.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast happened close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said.

"Kabul police forces were there to prevent a possible protest when a suicide bomber approached them and detonated his suicide vest", police spokesman Bashir Mujahid told Reuters news agency. The deadliest bombing occurred last week, leaving more than 40 people dead and around 90 others wounded.

Isis' latest onslaught marks a sharp escalation of such attacks even as the Afghan Taliban, which fiercely competes for more influence, has also stepped its offensive in the war-torn country.

Earlier this week, the Afghan intelligence operatives managed to foil a series of deadly attacks plotted by the IS in Kabul city and at least 13 insurgents were arrested in connection with the same.

USA troops have remained in the country, although at greatly reduced numbers, helping to train and support Afghan forces in their battles against the militant groups.

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