At least 8 killed, several injured in suicide attack at Afghan ministry

  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far

KABUL – An apparent suicide attack close to a government ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday killed at least eight people and wounded more than 15 as staff were leaving the office in the evening rush hour, authorities said.

The suicide bomber detonated his vest at the gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development at about 4:30 pm, according to Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai. All of those who died in the attack were MRRD staff members who were leaving the building, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The Sunday’s attack was the latest in a seemingly unending series of blasts against civilian targets in Kabul and other major cities including Jalalabad, which has seen three major attacks in the past two weeks alone.

Last month, 17 employees of the same ministry were killed and over 30 others wounded in a similar attack in Dar-ul-Aman.

The attack came the same day the United Nations released a report stating 1,692 Afghan citizens had been killed in the first six months of the year, the most recorded in that period in the last decade since records have been kept.