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Kabul: At least five people were killed in a suicide bomb attack outside Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry in Kabul, police said.
The Islamic State terror group’s Khorasan unit (IS-K) has taken responsibility for the attack which took place at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday evening, the BBC reported.
According to the Taliban-led Afghan government, the suicide bomber had tried to enter the Ministry premises but failed.
Several countries have embassies in the area, including China and Turkey.
The Italian humanitarian agency, Emergency NGO in Kabul said it had received more than 40 wounded people and the casualty numbers were continuing to rise.
“We have received more than 40 patients in the hospital, it is difficult to draw up a final number, we are continuing to respond,” TOLO News quoted Stefano Sozza, the NGO’s Country Director in Afghanistan, as saying in a statement late Wednesday.
“This is the first mass casualty in 2023, but certainly one of those with the most patients since the beginning of 2022. So much so that we have also set up beds in the kitchens and canteen.”