Kabul, July 24: A massive explosion took place near Kabul's police district after a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb. Over 24 people were killed while 42 others were wounded in an early morning suicide attack, local media reported.
According to Interior Ministry (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish, the explosion was a suicide car bomb blast, however he couldn't immediately say whether there were further casualties. In addition to those killed, over 40 others were wounded.
The blast took place at about 6:45am local time close to Mohaqiq’s house and a private university after a suicide car bomber detonated his explosive, according to MoI.
Police said, a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul, although the target of the attack remained unclear. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq in a part of the city where many of the mainly Shia community live.
NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan ended three years ago, handing sole responsibility to the country’s security forces, who has also suffered spiralling casualties ever since as they try to beat back the resurgent Taliban and contain the growing threat from the Islamic State group.
According to United Nations figures, Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May.
It was in this area that a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Ramazan Hussainzada was killed last month. Hussainzada was also a senior leader of Afghanistan's Hazara community.