Kabul Suicide Attack: 12 Dead, 31 Injured

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At least 12 persons were killed and 31 got injured when a suicide bomber blew himself in front of government employees at the main gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul. Women, children and employees of the ministry were among the casualties, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry.

“Bomb blast took place when employees were gathered at a compound and were waiting for a bus” Rural Ministry spokesman Faridoon Azhand revealed.

“The attacker had targeted the employees as they waited for the bus at around 1pm (0830 GMT),” Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai

The Islamic State group has claimed the responsibility for the attack in Kabul. The attack comes in the wake of government announcement of ceasefire with the Taliban that is due to run for three days during the Eid al-Fitr later this week.

This was Taliban’s first ceasefire since the government toppled by the 2001 US-led invasion.

“Most of my colleagues were leaving for the day to go home. I am worried about my colleagues. We are told to stay inside for now,” an employee said reportedly.