The Taliban have killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens more in a suicide bomb attack against a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The attack happened in the western part of the city during rush hour, and mainly killed employees of the Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum, according to Kabul police.
However, the Taliban, in a statement taking responsibility for the attack, claimed to have targeted a bus carrying personnel working for the government intelligence agency.
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The attack comes after a large popular demonstration, planned for Monday, was cancelled one day prior due to security threats.
1,662 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict in the first half of 2017, a record-high according to the UN. The Afghan capital accounts for about 20% of all killed and injured civilians, surpassing even Helmand. While that number does not account for difficulties in reporting from some rural provinces, it is also a clear sign of increased violence in the capital.
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