Five people were killed and several others injured in today’s blast in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Khalid Zadran, spokesman for the Taliban police in Kabul. A source from the Ministry, however, told Kabul Now that it left over 20 people dead and wounded.
The blast occurred today afternoon at a time when a Chinese delegation was set to visit the Ministry.
The Taliban police official did not provide details regarding the identity of the victims and the nature of the blast.
According to an eyewitness who is an employee of the Ministry, a suicide bomber detonated himself among the employees of the ministry when they were leaving the ministry’s complex. Most of the victims are employees of the foreign ministry, the eyewitness added.
Moreover, the source said that the street passing by the Ministry’s compound was closed for all vehicles and individuals except for employees of the ministry. “Only the employees could enter the street with their ID cards,” the source added.
Despite such security measures, it is still unclear that how the assailant could reach the Ministry’s compound.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) has claimed responsibility for most of the deadly attacks against the Taliban and civilians.