20 people killed in Afghan capital Kabul in a suicide bombing

 A suicide bomber blew himself outside the foreign ministry after failing to enter the ministry building

A suicide bomber killed 20 people in Afghan capital Kabul when he blew himself up near Afghanistan's foreign ministry.  When the suicide bombing took place, a Chinese delegation was inside the foreign ministry building for holding talks with Taliban officials.

Ustad Fareedun, an official at the Taliban-run information ministry, said the bomber had planned to enter the foreign ministry but failed. “Twenty people were killed and many other injured in the suicide attack,” he said. The bombing took place at 4pm.  

In the aftermath, bodies lay strewn on the road outside the high-walled compound of the ministry. Some injured people writhed on the ground, screaming for help, and a handful of onlookers scrambled to offer assistance.

Since Taliban stormed back into power in August 2021, there have been several incidents of bomb blasts and attacks in different parts of Afghanistan. Even though, Taliban claims to improve the security in Afghanistan. Most of these attacks have been claimed by the Daesh. Hundreds of people, including members of Afghanistan's minority communities, have been killed and wounded in other attacks since the Taliban regained power.

Deputy Minister of information and culture Muhajer Farahi told AFP that "there was supposed to be a Chinese delegation at the Foreign Ministry today, but we don't know if they were present at the time of the blast."

At least five Chinese nationals were wounded last month when gunmen stormed a hotel popular with Chinese business people in Kabul. That raid was claimed by Daesh, who also took responsibility for an attack on Pakistan's embassy in Kabul in December that Islamabad denounced as an "assassination attempt" against their ambassador.


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