"A suicide attacker has detonated himself… close to a number of police who were trying to provide security for an ongoing protest," the AFP news agency reported, citing deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
The Health Ministry said, as quoted by 1 TV broadcaster, that 15 people were taken to a hospital so far. A total of 25 people were injured. The country’s Interior Ministry confirmed, as quoted by 1 TV, that the blast occurred near a police checkpoint in Banayee area of the city.
The attack was carried out by one person on foot, leaving dozens of people injured, eyewitnesses said.
A Reuters reporter saw a vehicle that was carrying killed and injured security personnel in the area close to those, where police have been conducting an operation against alcohol and drug dealers.
According to the information, emerged in social media, at least 20 people could have been killed.
#AFG At least 20 people mostly members of ANCOP killed in a suicide attack. At least 20 people mostly civilians who were demonstrating wounded, multiple security sources in Kabul police district 9 in Kabul city tells me.— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) 4 января 2018 г.
#AFG A suicide attacker targeted ANCOP convoy close to Bukhar Khana in Macroyan area Kabul city, multiple police and local sources in the area tells me.— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) 4 января 2018 г.
— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) 4 января 2018 г.
The Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Reuters news agency reported.
Afghanistan has long been suffering from an unstable political, social and security situation due to the simmering militant insurgency, including that of the Taliban and Daesh terrorist groups.
Meanwhile, the Afghan government is taking measures to endure peace settlement in the country, working out a roadmap for the peace talks with the Taliban. This position was voiced by the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai during the meeting of the International Contact Group for Afghanistan in Oslo earlier in December.