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Pakistan condemns terror attack in Kabul

06 January 2018

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has killed at least 11 people and injured 25 others.

Thursday evening´s blast targeted police as they clashed with angry protesters following a raid on shopkeepers accused of illegally peddling drugs and alcohol.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim.

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All of the dead were police.

Afghan police says the death toll of the suicide attack in Kabul rises to 20 now. An AFP reporter several kilometres from the scene heard the explosion.

Despite increased security measures, Kabul has become one of the deadliest places for civilians in war-torn Afghanistan in recent months due to increased Taliban attacks and IS attempts to expand its influence in the country. The suicide attacker detonated himself on Thursday, 4 January near a crowd comprising both security personnel and civilians.

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The deadly assault comes a week after more than 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast, claimed by Islamic State, which targeted Shia Muslims in Kabul.

Security in Kabul has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

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Pakistan condemns terror attack in Kabul