Suicide bomber kills 13, injured 25 outside Afghan ministry

KABUL: A suicide bomber on Monday killed 13 people and wounded more 25 during rush hour at the entrance to Afghanistan’s rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Kabul.

The blast took place at a time when workers were leaving for home, government spokesmen said. ISIS claimed responsibility of the blast, according to media reports.

The attack comes as security has deteriorated in the city during recent months ahead of elections scheduled for October.

Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry Najib Danish said that woman, children and employees of the (rehabilitation) ministry are among the victims. However, officials of the Ministry of Public Health said that no children were among the dead.

The ministry has a kindergarten where the employees bring their children. Casualties among those children is possible but for the moment we don’t know exactly,” he said.

The security officials say the blast are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban, however, Afghan Taliban have announced a three-day Eid ceasefire.

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