A suicide bomber killed 24 people and injured 42 others on Monday after ramming his car loaded with explosives into a bus in the Afghan capital.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports.
“The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day,” said Basir Mujahed, Kabul’s police chief spokesman. “There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened.”
The Interior Ministry called the attack “a criminal act against humanity.”
The bus was destroyed, along with three other cars and several stores. Children were among the injured, Mujahed said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid identified the bomber as Ahmad and said they were targeting intelligence services and their employees. He said the bus were intelligence services employees.
Police officials said the bus was carrying government employees, who worked in the mines and petroleum ministry.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this was another attack on innocent lives.
"Once again, these terrorists are attacking civilians and targeting government staff," Ghani said in a statement.
This was the second attack on employees of the mines and petroleum ministry. Last year, a bus carrying employees were also targeted and killed.
Also Monday, a suicide bomber killed 12 people and wounded 25 in Pakistan.
The driver rammed his motorcycle near police who were guarding a demolition site near Lahore. The militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Publication date: July 24, 2017