Officials at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed that the explosion near Massoud Square on Tuesday was caused by a suicide attacker, and that it detonated close to one of the Ministry of Defense’s buildings in Police District 9 (PD9) in the city of Kabul.
According to a Ministry of Interior statement, at least 22 civilians were killed and 38 others were wounded in the blast, including women and children.
The blast occurred shortly after 1 p.m.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility.
“The Taliban terrorists have sustained major blows by the brave members of the Afghan security and defense forces on the battlefield, and they face shameful setbacks on every front, so they plan brutal and chaos-causing attacks on civilians,” the Ministry of Interior statement said.