Blast hits police in Kabul, dozens of casualties

  • Blast hits police in Kabul, dozens of casualties

Blast hits police in Kabul, dozens of casualties

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack happened days after a suicide bomber killed at least 41 people and wounded more than 80 at a Shia cultural center in Kabul, underlining the precarious security situation in the Afghan capital.

Participants of a demonstration reportedly wanted to set fire to a city police station, prompting authorities to dispatch Afghan police forces to secure the facility.

On Thursday afternoon, dozens of locals and shopkeepers launched a protest in the area to reject the allegations against them which said they sell alcoholic drinks in their shops.

President Ashraf Ghani late on January 4 called the attack "inhumane" and against the tenets of Islam.

Kabul has been hit hard by terror attacks attributed to Taliban, Islamic State (IS), and other militants operating in the country.

Prior to Thursday's attack, there had been at least 12 attacks on Shia targets since the start of 2016, in which nearly 700 people were killed or wounded, according to United Nations figures.

The attacks have increased pressure on Ghani's Western-backed government to improve security.

Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said 11 dead and 25 wounded had been brought to city hospitals after the blast in an area of the city not far from the US Embassy and other foreign missions.

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", rights group Amnesty International said in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.