Death toll in terrorist attack in Kabul rises to 20 people

An ambulance at the scene of the latest suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has claimed the responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul's PD9 on late Thursday, which left more than 20 people dead and 30 others injured.

The blast occurred at about 8.30pm on Thursday when police forces were carrying out a raid against illegal drug alcohol trade.

A suicide attack at the end of last year killed at least 40 people had wounded 30
A suicide attack at the end of last year killed at least 40 people had wounded 30

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly blast.

"Kabul police forces were there to prevent a possible protest when a suicide bomber approached them and detonated his suicide vest", Mujahid said.

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The deputy spokesperson for the ministry of interior Nasrat Rahimi told reporters in Kabul today that 13 policemen lost their lives in the attack.

This comes as the local residents and eyewitnesses in the area had earlier said that the suicide attack took place at the end of a demonstration in the area.

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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. No group has yet claimed that attack.

On Wednesday, Afghanistan's spy agency announced it had busted a 13-member Isis cell in Kabul that had been planning to carry out "a series of big terrorist attacks" in the city.

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