At least 13 people, including women and children, have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries after a member of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group detonated an explosive vest outside a government ministry in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, officials say.
According to Waheed Majroh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, the explosion, which also wounded at least 31 people, occurred at the main gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Darulaman area on Monday.
Meanwhile, Faridoon Azhand, a spokesman for the targeted ministry, said that the terrorist blew himself up among a crowd of people, who had gathered there, waiting for a bus to take them home. “Unfortunately we have lost some colleagues,” added Azhand, who was inside the compound at the time.
Employees were leaving their offices earlier at 01:00 p.m. (0830 GMT) due to the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, when the blast occurred.
In a statement issued a few hours after the terror attack and carried by the Daesh-affiliated Amaq news portal, the terror group claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Since late last year, the Daesh terror group, which has already lost all its urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq, has taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and established a foothold in the eastern and northern regions, launching deadly bomb attacks against civilians and security forces alike.