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28 killed, 320 injured as Taliban bomber attacks security office in Kabul

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KABUL — At least 28 people have been killed and more than 320 injured in a suicide bombing and attack by gunmen, claimed by the Taliban, in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said.

Civilian and members from the Afghan security forces were among those caught in the attack and casualty estimates are expected to rise, ministry spokesman Ismail Kawosi said.

The attack was aimed at a building that houses a security service that provides protection for government officials.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms” in a statement from the presidential palace, only a few hundred metres away from the scene of the blast.

Several people were killed and wounded in the blast, which struck at the height of the morning peak hour, the palace said.

Gunfire rang out for more than 30 minutes after the blast, according to Reuters witnesses at the scene.

Pictures showed windows blown out at the front of an office that houses a National Directorate of Security (NDS) unit.

The U.S. embassy said it was not affected by the blast.

The NATO-led force also said it was unaffected.

The Taliban said on their Pashto-language website that they had carried out the suicide bombing on “Department 10”, an NDS unit, which is responsible for protecting government ministers and VIPs.

They said a suicide car bomber blew up the main gate at the front of the office, allowing other fighters, including more suicide bombers, to enter the heavily guarded compound.

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One killed, two injured in jeep accident

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BAJURA— A jeep driver lost his life while two passengers sustained injuries in a jeep accident at Budhiganga Municipality in Bajura on Thursday.

The jeep (Se 1 Ja 543) en route to Martadi from Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality met accident after the jeep lost balance and fell some 100 meters off the road.

According to the Bajura District Police Office, driver Dhan Bahadur Saud, 40, of Tribeni Municipality died on the spot while Saud’s son Nawaraj, 22, and Kumbha Budha of Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality were injured in the incident.

The injured are receiving treatment at Bayalpata Hospital, Achham.

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