Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Kabul bombing

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Kabul bombing

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Kabul bombing

At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a mobile police checkpoint in Kabul on Thursday night.

The so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its own Amaq news agency.

All of the dead were police.

"Kabul police forces were there to prevent a possible protest when a suicide bomber approached them and detonated his suicide vest", Mujahid said. An AFP reporter several kilometres from the scene heard the explosion.

IS claimed responsibility for the December 28 attack, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a "crime against humanity" committed by terrorists.

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The United States condemned a "barbaric" attack on a Shiite cultural centre in Afghanistan that killed 41 people and vowed to "work closely" with the Afghan government to hunt down the terrorists.

Security in Kabul has been tightened since 31 May when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others, mostly civilians.

The security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate.

The attack happened near the U.S. Embassy where security personnel are reported to have been carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol.

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