Explosion outside Supreme Court in Afghan capital, casualties feared

Afghanistan At least 12 killed in suicide bombing near Supreme Court in Kabul

At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the parking lot of Afghanistan's Supreme Court building here, officials said.

Ismail Kawoosi, the Health Ministry's public affairs chief, said almost all of those injured and taken to hospital were in stable condition.

The Ministry of Public Health said dozens more people were wounded in the blast.

Shortly after they were put to death a suicide bomber attacked a minibus carrying court employees during the morning rush hour.


In one incident, five people were killed and 19 others were wounded after Taliban gunmen attacked a courthouse in Afghanistan's central Logar province early in June 2106.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said splashes of blood could be seen on the snowy street as several ambulances removed people from the area and police shut down surrounding roads.

The BBC also reported that the bomber targeted the auto park of the court compound, reports say. Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for that attack.

The United Nations on Tuesday condemned a suicide attack outside the Afghan Supreme Court in the capital city of Kabul, saying "such despicable acts must face justice".

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