Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan. Jan. 5 2018

The Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in Afghan capital Kabul, which left 20 people dead and scores of others injured.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry spokesman says a suicide bomber has killed six policemen after exploding his devise amid a group of security officials monitoring protests by shopkeepers in eastern Kabul.

The blast stripped bark from trees and shattered windows of nearby apartments, underscoring the devastating force of a single suicide bomber.

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

"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. The suicide attacker detonated himself on Thursday, 4 January near a crowd comprising both security personnel and civilians.

In December alone, IS claimed three attacks that killed dozens of civilians.

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.

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